Install MSSQL 2019 Developer Edition and SSMS on Windows

SQL Server 2019 Developer is a full-featured free edition, licensed for use as a development and test database in a non-production environment. If you would like to try out the 180-day free trial of SQL Server 2019 on-premises which helps build intelligent, mission-critical applications using a scalable, hybrid data platform for demanding workloads. Because I do not want to install a database that will run out of licenses, I will be installing the Developer version as it is free to use in development (test) in a non-production environment. In this article, you will learn how to install MSSQL 2019 Developer Edition and SSMS on Windows.

See this guide for the installation of SQL Server 2019 Express Edition. This free edition of SQL Server is ideal for the development and production of desktop, web, and small server applications. See this article for the differences between various Editions of the MSSQL Server.

You can also install MSSQL on Mac and Linux. See how to install Microsoft SQL Server 2019 and MsSQL Command line tools on Ubuntu Linux. Note: If this license expires, the following error will occur “Windows could not start the SQL Server service on local computer 17051: A network-related or instance-specific error occurred while establishing a connection to SQL Server“.

Part 1: Download and install MsSQL Server 2019 Developer Edition

Please proceed with the download by using this MsSQL Server 2019 Developer Edition.

Now we have the setup as shown below. Double-click on the executable to continue the installation.

See the following articles on how to uninstall Microsoft SQL Server on Windows 10 and Windows Server. See the following links for some MSSQL-related topics; How to use a dedicated MsSQL Db for Pleasant Password, how to migrate Veeam MsSQL Database to a new MsSQL Server, and how to uninstall Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio.

Part 2: Install the Microsoft SQL Server Developer Edition

To do this, double-click on the executable file as shown above. The window below will appear with three options: Basic, Custom, and Download files.

I will select Custom, so I can decide on what to install and what not to install. This means the program will download the installation files and then open the actual setup of SQL Server, where you can select the various options and components you desire. See this guide on how to install an express edition (basic).

Note: The points are vital to determine your installation type.

  • If you choose Basic, it has all the default configurations required as described above.
  • Using the Download installation media will be preferred if the database server has no access to the Internet. It can be downloaded to a workstation and then transferred to the target system.

Next, If you are not okay with the default location have MsSQL installed. kindly use the browse button to select a different target (location of your choice).

This will run through and download the install packages and extract the setup files as shown below

Please see How to install Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio, How to manually check and update SQL Server Management Studio, and Fix MSSQL Server evaluation period has expired: How to upgrade SQL Server instance.

Select New SQL Server stand-alone installation or add features

To do this, click on New SQL Server stand-alone installation or add features to an existing installation to install MSSQL 2019 Developer Edition

When the step above is completed, a new SQL Server installation Center will appear. 

Click Installation which is on the left side of the above screen. Click on New SQL Server stand-alone installation or add features to an existing installation.

Specify the Developer Edition

Since we are installing a developer version and it is free, on the window below, just click on next.

Accept the license terms and click on next

When the step above completes, it will search for updates on setup files, and if found, it will be included.

When this step is complete, it will prompt the Install rules window. Currently, we have just one warning and we can continue with the installation. This means you will need to manually create firewall rules that will be needed in your environment.

Select the SQL Server feature applicable to you

Select the SQL Server feature installation option you would like to install. Then click on Next.

Next, enter the named instance and click on Next. You will observe it uses the MSSQLSERVER as the default instance. You can choose to create a Named instance (and use any name of your choice). I will create other instances in the future.

Click on Next on the above screen and in the next window, the server configuration dialogue box will appear.

Select service account names and start-up types for the above-listed services. Also, if you require a special configuration, take a look at the Collation tab. Since this is a test environment, I am okay with these settings, I will click on next.

In the next window, you will have to configure the Database Engine Configuration. Usually, the Windows Authentication Mode is enough for test purposes.

I prefer to go with the Mixed-mode option. Here I will be able to set up an SA account. See more on SA “how to reset MSSQL Server SA Password on Ubuntu via the command line and SQL Server Management Studio“.

Proceed with the SQL Server 2019 Developer Edition Installation

On the Ready to Install window, go through the summary features to install, and if okay, click on Install.

This will continue with the installation process as shown below.

The Windows Down shows that the installation of SQL Server 2019 has been completed successfully.

Note: If any error is prompted at this step, click on ok and wait for it to close and reboot your device and rerun the setup again as described in this guide.

Part 3: Install Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio

SQL Server Management Studio is a software application first launched with Microsoft SQL Server 2005 that is used for configuring, managing, and administering all components within Microsoft SQL Server. Click on the setup file (SQL Developer.exe) and this will open the SQL Server installation Center

Click on installation and on the right pane of the Window, select the Install SQL Server Management Tool.

You will be prompted to download the Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio. You can download the SSMS tool from here. Upon download of the SSMS tool, click on the SSMS-Setup-ENU.exe as shown below

This will open up the Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) install window.

Note: By clicking on install, you agree to the license terms as shown below.

This will continue with the installation as shown below

As we can see below, the installation is complete.

Now the installation of SSMS is complete. Click on start and on Microsoft SQL Server Studio will be available on your recently added application as shown below.

Double-click on the Microsoft SQL Server Studio to open it up.

Upon clicking on connect, we will now be granted access to our database as shown below.

From henceforth, you can create new databases and new logins. and maintenance tasks etc.

Now we have a database that we can connect to and create tables, rows etc as we desire.

I hope you found this blog post helpful on how to Install MSSQL 2019 Developer Edition and SSMS on Windows. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment session.

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