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SQL Server Management Studio Express

[This documentation is for preview only, and is subject to change in later releases. Blank topics are included as placeholders.]

Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio Express (SSMSE) provides a graphical management tool for SQL Server Code-Named “Denali” Express (SQL Server Express), and SQL Server Code-Named “Denali” Express with Advanced Services. The SSMSE user interface is a subset of SQL Server Management Studio that is available with other editions of SQL Server Code-Named “Denali”.

You must install .NET Framework 2.0 and MSXML 6.0 Parser before you install SSMSE.

You can download SSMSE from this Microsoft Web site.

SSMSE is different from the complete SQL Server Management Studio in the following ways:

  • SSMSE cannot manage Analysis Services, Integration Services, or Reporting Services.

  • You cannot update the full-text catalog by using SSMSE. You can use sqlcmd utility or Windows Scheduler to update the full-text catalog.

  • Interactive Resolver, which lets you resolve conflicts manually during on-demand synchronization in Microsoft Windows Synchronization Manager, is not supported in SSMSE.

  • SSMSE does not support scheduling administrative tasks by using SQL Server Agent.

  • In SSMSE, Object Explorer only supports Database Engine instances. The Connect to Server dialog box prevents connecting to other services, such as Analysis Services.

  • Because SSMSE is a subset of SQL Server Management Studio, all objects that would normally be enumerated for a specific Database Engine Object Explorer tree are still visible in SSMSE. If it is an object for an unsupported item, only the refresh command is available.

  • Help for SSMSE is not installed by the product. If you press F1, MSDN Online help opens. Pressing F1, you are able to access all F1 help topics, but you do not see a table of contents or an index for the SQL Server Code-Named “Denali” documentation. To add SQL Server Code-Named “Denali” documentation to SSMSE, install SQL Server Code-Named “Denali” Books Online from SQL Server Books Online Download Center. After installing, in the Contents pane of the Books Online, you can use the SQL Server Express filter to hide the content that does not apply to SQL Server Express edition.

    Important note Important

    When you press F1, the topics that open may refer to user interface elements or features that are not supported by SSMSE. This is because the documentation was written for SQL Server Management Studio, which is installed with SQL Server Code-Named “Denali”.

To connect to a SQL Server Express Database Engine instance by using SSMSE, in the Connect to Server dialog box, specify any of the following:

.\sqlexpress, (local)\sqlexpress, or server name\sqlexpress

Note   The default installation of SQL Server Express uses an instance name (SQLExpress). This instance name must be supplied to connect to SQL Server Express by using SSMSE. If you have an instance name other than SQLExpress, connect by using computer name\instance name.

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