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Coming from a dev background, I'm not an expert in SQL Server. When installing SQL Server 2016, I have the option of installing three different components:

  • New SQL Server stand-alone installation
  • SQL Server Management Tools
  • SQL Server Data Tools

I'm only interested in SQL Azure development with Visual Studio. The question is should I only install the last two items on my local machine? Do I need the full-blown SQL Server 2016 from the first item?

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If you're not planning on deploying to a local SQL Server database engine, you can skip that section from the installer, yes.

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