Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio can be installed for SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated September 30, 2017


Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio is the front-end to SQL Server, that allows you to query databases, manage your vaults and run Maintenance Plans. The Maintenance Plans are of great importance, as they can increase performance and back-up your database(s).

Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio

Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio

SQL Management Studio (SSMS) ships with SQL Standard, which is what is in included with SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, but not with SQL Express, which is included with PDM Standard.

SSMS can be installed for SQL Express though. The installation files are located with the SOLIDWORKS Installation media, in a folder called sqlmngmnt. SSMS can also be downloaded from Microsoft.

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Joe Medeiros, CSWE

Joe Medeiros is a SOLIDWORKS and PDM Certified Expert. He has been helping SOLIDWORKS users with training, mentoring and implementations since 1998. He combines industry experience with a thorough understanding of SOLIDWORKS products to assist customers in being successful. He shares his experience and expertise through blogs; one of which has been incorporated into the SOLIDWORKS Essentials training manual.