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We have an ASP .NET project that uses SQL Server that we host on a Windows Server 2008 machine. Where does Microsoft keeps its documentation for the tools that can be used for administering SQL Server databases? I'm not sure where to start looking for the software to manage our db.

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closed as off-topic by Mark Storey-Smith, dezso, Mat, Jon Seigel, Kin Sep 5 '13 at 19:15

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Sorry about the shopping list question. If my edit doesn't make it better, I'll eat the downvotes and do better next time. – Kevin Sep 10 '13 at 18:17

You can use Management Studio. Download the Express version which, as of SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1, is fully functional and no longer requires a license and a different installation to gain access to the full set of features. Here is the SP2 version:

The file you want is SQLManagementStudio_x64_ENU.exe (unless you are on 32-bit, then you want SQLManagementStudio_x86_ENU.exe).

There is some pretty good documentation on how to use Management Studio here:

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