Using SQL Server 2008 r2 Management Studio Express with SQL Server 2008 r2 database

We have an SBS 2008 server running SQL 2008 r2 Standard edition and we have another Server running Svr 2012 r2 operating system and want to install SQL Server Management Studio to access our instance on the SBS.

Please can you tell me if it is supported to use SQL Server 2008 r2 Management Studio Express edition to access an instance on 2008 r2 standard edition.

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ste5anSenior DeveloperCommented:
It's supported. SSMS 2012-2005 can connect to a SQL Server 2008 R2 instance.
techno106Author Commented:
Thanks Ste5an.

So even though it is a Standard edition instance I can connect using SSMS 2012 Express?

is this correct?

Thanks for your help.
ste5anSenior DeveloperCommented:
Yes, this correct.

As long as the instance allows remote connections and uses SQL Server authentication. Cause I assume that your second server is not in the same domain. Otherwise Windows authentication should do it.
techno106Author Commented:
That's great thanks.

The second server is on the domain however we have an sa account.

Thanks for your help.
Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
Just to add that SSMS is a client tool so doesn't need any kind of licensing and that's why it can connect to any edition of SQL Server.
But if connects to an higher SQL Server version it won't have access to the new features as for example AlwaysOn Availability Groups in MSSQL 2012 or 2014.

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