Free Download: SQL Server Management Studio 19.1

SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) is an integrated environment for accessing, configuring, managing, administering, and developing all components of SQL Server. SSMS combines a broad group of graphical tools with a number of rich script editors to provide developers and administrators of all skill levels access to SQL Server.

The SSMS 19.x installation doesn’t upgrade or replace SSMS versions 18.x or earlier. SSMS 18.x installs side by side with previous versions, so both versions are available for use. However, if you have a preview version of SSMS 19.x installed, you must uninstall it before installing SSMS 19.1. You can see if you have the preview version by going to the Help > About window.

If a computer contains side-by-side installations of SSMS, verify you start the correct version for your specific needs. The latest version is labeled Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio 19

What’s new in 19.1

New ItemDetails
Azure Data Studio installation integrationThe installation of SSMS installs Azure Data Studio 1.44.
Always EncryptedAdded support for secure enclaves and in-place encryption in the Always Encrypted Wizard.
Azure SQL Managed InstanceIntroduced visibility to the status of the Distributed Transaction Coordinator (DTC) service for Azure SQL Managed Instance. Object Explorer can be used to determine if DTC is enabled on the Azure SQL Managed Instance (within the Management node).
Backup/RestoreAdded capability to restore backup files from S3-compatible storage to SQL Server 2022 and Azure SQL Managed Instance.
General SSMSUpdated File Version for ssms.exe to align with product version.
General SSMSRemoved deprecated hardware from the list of available service-level objects.
General SSMSChanged the system browser setting, within Tools > Options > Azure Services, to default to True. The external browser will be used, instead of the legacy embedded browser.
General SSMSRemoved Vulnerability Assessment from SSMS.
Link feature for Azure SQL Managed InstanceAdded Network Checker wizard, providing the capability to test the network connection and ports prior to creating the link.
Link feature for Azure SQL Managed InstanceAdded an advanced network troubleshooting capability within the existing link creation wizard. This provides the capability to troubleshoot network connectivity issues while link creation is in progress.
Object ExplorerRemoved script header text when selecting the top 1000 rows.
PowerShellAdded ability for users to choose the version of PowerShell to use when launched from SSMS.
PowerShellIntroduced more PowerShell options within Tools > Options > SQL Server Object Explorer > Commands.

Beginning with SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 18.7, Azure Data Studio is automatically installed alongside SSMS. Users of SQL Server Management Studio are now able to benefit from the innovations and features in Azure Data Studio.

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New in this release

New itemDetails
Azure Data Studio installation integrationInstallation of SSMS installs Azure Data Studio 1.37.

Many new features were released as part of the base 18.12 release, so you should look at those release notes for a better idea about recent improvements.

Version Information

  • Release number: 19.1
  • Build number:
  • Release date: May 24, 2023

Supported SQL offerings

  • This version of SSMS works with all supported versions of SQL Server 2008 – SQL Server 2019 (15.x) and provides the greatest level of support for working with the latest cloud features in Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Data Warehouse.
  • Additionally, SSMS 19.x can be installed side by side with SSMS 18.x and earlier or SQL Server 2014 SSMS and earlier.
  • SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) – SSMS version 17.x or later doesn’t support connecting to the legacy SQL Server Integration Services service. To connect to an earlier version of the legacy Integration Services, use the version of SSMS aligned with the version of SQL Server. For example, use SSMS 16.x to connect to the legacy SQL Server 2016 Integration Services service. SSMS 19.x, 18.x, 17.x and 16.x can be installed side by side on the same computer. Since the release of SQL Server 2012, the SSIS Catalog database, SSISDB, is the recommended way to store, manage, run, and monitor Integration Services packages.

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