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How to use SQL Express after installing SQL Server 2017 in Windows 10 RRS feed

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  • I've downloaded SQL Server 2017 to find out what Object Explorer is and how it works.  At the very least I'd like to create a database and create some Tables.  However, I don't seem to have an application loaded that I can run to do this.

    I have installed SQL Server 2017 Express using SQLServer2017-SSEI-Expr.exe.  I understand this is free of charge.  The following are now listed as installed programs on my machine:

    • Microsoft SQL Server 2017 T-SQL Language Service
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Setup (English)
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2017 LocalDB
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2017 (64-bit)
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Native Client
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Native Client

    In the list of apps under the heading of Microsoft SQL Server 2017, shown when I click on my Windows 10 Start button, I have the following list of programs that I can run:

    • SQL Server 2017 Configuration Manager
    • SQL Server 2017 Import and Export Data (32-bit)
    • SQL Server 2017 Import and Export Data (64-bit)
    • SQL Server 2017 Error and Usage Reporting
    • SQL Server 2017 Installation Center (64-bit)

    However, I get the impression that to use SQL Server 2017 Express I need to use something like SQL Server Management Studio, but that is not free except for a limited period.  However, a possible alternative, Microsoft Management Console, is listed in my Task Manager as being inactive and I don't know how to activate it.  Anyway, from the documentation it seems that I need SQL Server Management Studio to use Object Explorer, anyway.

    Is there is free way of using

    • Object Explorer
    • Creating a database, creating tables and doing queries

    please?

    Sunday, October 13, 2019 4:29 AM

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