Is SQL Server Management Studio backwards compatible?


Is SQL Server Management Studio or SQL Management Studio backwards compatible? We have SQL Server Management Studio 2008 and SQL Management Studio 2012 and need to know what impact would occur if these are upgraded but the instance/database is not. Would we loose or gain functionality or any link/functions between the studio and the database, instance, or server?

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  1. Rahul Randive 9,176 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    Hi @Westerhold, Linda (Information Technology)

    SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) is generally backwards compatible, meaning you can use a newer version of SSMS to connect to and manage older versions of SQL Server, including SQL Server 2008 and 2012. However, there may be some limitations or differences in functionality depending on the features of the specific SQL Server version you are managing

    Upgrading SSMS should not directly impact your SQL Server instance or database, as SSMS is a client tool used for managing and administering SQL Server and Azure SQL Database

    In terms of functionality, using the latest version of SSMS would provide you with the most up-to-date features and improvements for managing and querying your SQL Server instances and databases

    Also sharing blog for reference -

    Thank you!

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