SQL SERVER – Installing SQL Server Management Studio 2016 – Step by Step

New versions bring new learning. To keep myself up-to-date, I have downloaded RC0 (release candidate zero) for SQL Server 2016 and while installing SQL Server I was surprised to see the feature list. Installing these bits were something I was wanting to do as we are getting closer to the release date. But something got me by surprise though, check the screenshot shown below, there is no mention of  SQL Server Management Studio 2016:

As I mentioned in the picture, “Management Tools – Basic” and “Management Tools – Complete” is missing. If you don’t remember, here is what you would see in earlier versions. To set as a comparison, the screenshot would look like:

As per next setup fundamental, SQL Server Management Studio is a separate installer and should be installed separately. This came in as a pleasant surprise and you can see it. Here is the option in setup installation center.

Once I clicked on that, got below the screen. Note that this is for February 2016 release.

And then the installation goes about going through a number of steps.

And finally the finished screen looks like:

I wanted to know where the setup logs are and I found them under %localappdata%\temp\SsmsSetup folder. This can be used for troubleshooting if there is any errors encountered during installations.

If we see the list, here are the installed components when I ran RC0 setup.

File Name Component Name
DotNet46 Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.1
SQLSysClrTypes_x64 Microsoft System CLR Types for SQL Server 2016 RC0
ReportViewer.msi Microsoft Report Viewer for SQL Server 2016 RC0
SQLServerBestPracticesPolicies.msi Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Policies RC0
TSqlLanguageService_x64 Microsoft SQL Server 2016 T-SQL Language Service RC0
sql_diag_x64 SQL Server 2016 RC0 SQL Diagnostics
adalsql_x64 Active Directory Authentication Library for SQL Server
conn_info_x64 SQL Server 2016 RC0 Connection Info
conn_info_loc_x64 SQL Server 2016 RC0 Connection Info
sql_batchparser_x64 SQL Server 2016 RC0 Batch Parser
sql_xevent_x64 SQL Server 2016 RC0 XEvent
sql_xevent_loc_x64 SQL Server 2016 RC0 XEvent
sql_dmf_x64 SQL Server 2016 RC0 DMF
sql_dmf_loc_x64 SQL Server 2016 RC0 DMF
smo_extensions_x64 SQL Server 2016 RC0 Shared Management Objects Extensions
smo_extensions_loc_x64 SQL Server 2016 RC0 Shared Management Objects Extensions
smo_x64 SQL Server 2016 RC0 Shared Management Objects
smo_loc_x64 SQL Server 2016 RC0 Shared Management Objects
sql_common_core_x64 SQL Server 2016 RC0 Common Files
sql_common_core_loc_x64 SQL Server 2016 RC0 Common Files
VS2010SP1Update Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1
sql_ssms_extensions_x64 SQL Server 2016 RC0 Management Studio Extensions
sql_ssms_extensions_loc_x64 SQL Server 2016 RC0 Management Studio Extensions
sql_ssms_x64 SQL Server 2016 RC0 Management Studio
sql_ssms_loc_x64 SQL Server 2016 RC0 Management Studio
sql_tools_extensions_x64 SQL Server 2016 RC0 Client Tools Extensions
sql_tools_extensions_loc_x64 SQL Server 2016 RC0 Client Tools Extensions
sql_tools_x64 SQL Server 2016 RC0 Client Tools
sql_tools_loc_x64 SQL Server 2016 RC0 Client Tools

We can also download SSMS separately, free from the Microsoft site.

Download SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)

Here is a quick SQL in Sixty Seconds Video about how to install SSMS 2016.

I feel that this change is good to have a separate installer for client tool and server component. What do you feel? Have you installed the SQL Server 2016 on your testing or VM? How is your experience in using the new installer?

Reference: Pinal Dave (https://blog.sqlauthority.com)

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  • Thank you Pinal Dave, they might need to update SSMS && SSDT separately in future.

  • Hi, I see this as just a waste of time as the previous versions` installation were much faster & simpler, and in most cases doesn`t require a server reboot.

    But now in this release, we have to run 2 seperate installations (which will require spending more time of course) plus a reboot is required (as per your screenshoot).

    Always note that: not everything Microsoft releases is good (remember Windows Vista?).

    • Hany – I am in favor of separate release because i don’t recommend installing client tools on server. But you are right that, there should be option to have both installed.

  • Thank you Pinal Dave. Perhaps we can get your take on migrating the server list from SSMS 2014 to SSMS 2016 RC0?

  • This new SSMS feature alone makes it worth upgrading:

    Tools > Options > Query Execution > “Uncheck: ‘Prompt to save unsaved T-SQL query windows on close'”

  • Jason Brugger
    March 15, 2016 5:48 pm

    Thank you. Thought I was going nuts.

  • It took me sometime to figure that SSMS needs to be separately installed, Spent around hr searching in windows 8 (an annoying OS). Really looking forward to explore the new features.

  • Thanks Pinal Dave,
    In My SQL Server Installation Center, after installing RC0 ,
    The “Install SQL Server Management Tools” option was disabled.
    Eventually I downloaded the SSMS February preview separately,
    from http://download.microsoft.com/download/E/E/1/EE12CC0F-A1A5-4B55-9425-2AFBB2D63979/SSMS-Full-Setup.exe


  • my SSMS installation hung with MSVS 2010 SP1 with below message. one more download to proceed.
    any work around.
    Package Name = Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1
    Package Version = 10.0.40219

  • Hi Pinal, Did you notice that even installation reported no issues for new version of BatchParser(
    , it was not registered in GAC?

  • Is it possible to install on to windows server 2012 or 2016 without internet?

  • Thanks Pinal :) for letting us know this..

  • Thanks for sharing this.

  • How can i get registry entry for ssms 2016.

  • Daniel Caminade
    June 15, 2016 8:04 am

    How can i connect to server with user name,password and server name, because in my installation there is no option of configuring the instance? thanks God bless

  • Gambo K. Ibrahim
    July 18, 2016 3:41 am

    certainly, i have downloaded the setup of SSMS through internet, I try to install by double clicking on the setup file but it failed while it’s downloaded completely. please help PINAL DAVE!

  • Should I uninstall SQL Management Studio 2014 first ?

  • hi Pinal, I installed SQL Server 2016, when I want to install SSMS 2016 on windows server 2012 R2(x64), I get error :
    Fatal error during installation (0x80070643)
    A valid destination folder for the install could not be determine

    in microsoft forum, I found a approach but not work for me, please help me how to fix this error

    thank you and sorry for bad english.

  • trinhvanminh2009
    August 28, 2016 5:46 pm

    Why I can’t found SQL server 2015 management studio , where is it ? I’m installed version 2016 enterpeise

  • trinhvanminh2009
    August 28, 2016 5:47 pm

    SQL server 2016 ! I’m confused

  • Hi Pinal,

    Can someone answer this question for me. I’ve installed the 13.0.1601.5 build of SQL Server 2016 Standard edition. Do I install the SSMS from install features, etc., then install the SSMS 2016 hotfix that just came out in July? I installed SSMS from install features and SSMS did not work. Thank you


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