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Does SQL Server install Visual Studio components

27 March,2019 by Tom Collins

Question: I was looking through Programs installed on a server with SQL Server installed and noticed Visual Studio components installed.


As part of a SQL Server installation , which parts of the  SQL Server install install the Visual Studio components?


Answer:   Since the 2016 version , SSMS is now based on the Visual Studio 2015 Shell. You could say SSMS is a Visual Studio Extension. The main reasoning , is the removal of dependency on installing .Net Framework 3.5  and some apparent performance improvements.

Note:SSMS is now a standalone installation


Useful reading on SSMS

How to start SSMS as Administrator (SQL Server DBA)

SQL server 2008 R2 – Silent installation for the SSMS and client tools





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