Install SQL Management Studio without Visual Studio Tools or Shell

TheLoops 6 Reputation points

Hi there, I am doing some pen test remediation and our SQL servers are flagging that Visual Studio tools such as Shell (isolated) and Tools for applications are vulnerable.

So i've been trying to find a way to install SSMS without Visual Studio at all as we don't need the development aspects.

I've downloaded the SMSS 19.2 exe and have run the switch to not install Azure Data Studio but i'm keen to not include Visual studio if possible. Any advice appreciated!

Many thanks,

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  1. Erland Sommarskog 106.8K Reputation points

    SSMS is based on the Visual Studio shell, and this is a core component, nothing which is optional. You cannot install SSMS without bringing the VS Shell, just like you cannot run a computer without a CPU.

    If you want to avoid the VS shell, Azure Data Studio is your best option. (And it can be downloaded separately from SSMS.)

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  2. ZoeHui-MSFT 35,546 Reputation points

    Hi @TheLoops,

    SSMS is based off the Visual Studio Isolated Shell.

    You could not install it without VS.


    Zoe Hui

    If the answer is helpful, please click "Accept Answer" and upvote it.

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