How to Get Started with SQL Server – First Steps

Hi friends! In this article, we discuss about, how you can easily get started with the SQL Server Data Platform and SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS).



SQL Server is one of the most powerful data platforms in the world. It is is Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) in which you can store, organize and process your data.

SQL Server provides a wide range of technologies which can help you organize your data (structured, semi-structure or even unstructured) and transform them from raw data into valuable knowledge.

To get started with SQL Server you just need two things:

  • SQL Server Database Engine
  • SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS – client tool)


Installing SQL Server Express Edition

For installing SQL Server Database Engine, you can just download and install SQL Server Express edition which is free.

After installing SQL Server Express Edition you will need a way to connect to the database engine in order to work.  For doing that, you just need to download and install SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS), which is also free.


About SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)

With SQL Server Management Studio you can do just about anything. You can create databases, tables, functions, views, stored procedures and other database objects using the GUI or with T-SQL code.

Here’s a screenshot of SQL Server Management studio where I’m in the process of creating a new database named “TestDB“:

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And here’s a screenshot where I’m creating a new table in the “TestDB” database:

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The above should get you started!

However, if you are looking for a complete guide on how to get started with SQL Server, you should check our online course which can definitely help you.

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Learn more about SQL Server – Enroll to the course!

Enroll to our online course on Udemy, titled “SQL Server Fundamentals – SQL Database for Beginners” and get started with SQL Server on both Windows and Linux in no time!

In this beginner-level course, you will learn how to install SQL Server Database on both Windows and Linux, and how you can start performing basic tasks in SQL Server, using its free client tools SQL Server Management Studio, and Azure Data Studio.


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