SQL Server Management Studio – automatically get the latest version

When working with SQL Server, I prefer to have a jump host with my tools already installed.

You may also have them on your main laptop/workstation, but I would also recommend to have a VM in the cloud or in your datacenter.

Everyone has a different list of tools they use, but most of the time you’ll find these apps on those lists:

  • command line tools to interact with various cloud providers
  • putty
  • winscp
  • chocolatey
  • SQL Server Management Studio
  • Azure Data Studio
  • git
  • vscode
  • vim
  • various PowerShell modules

In this post I will focus on SQL Server Management Studio.

Since version 18.7, the Azure Data Studio is also included in the installer.

By default Azure Data Studio is installed along with SSMS, but this can be excluded by using:

Eventually, this will not be a valid option, as SSMS will require dependencies provided by Azure Data Studio.

This is a good time to update the script I’m using to automatically install the latest version of SSMS.

I could not find an official manifest with the SSMS versions that I could query, so the script is using the GitHub page where Microsoft publishes the SSMS release notes.

If SSMS is already installed, the script will compare the existing version with the latest one available and it will notify the user.

You can also reference this script directly from my GitHub account.

Feel free to grab it and share it you you find it useful.

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