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I don't want to install the entire SQL Server (2005 or 2008) on my Virtual PC (saving space), yet I need the SSMS to connect to external databases.

What are my options?

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Start up the installer but only select the "Client Tools" portion of the installer. That's an option after it chugs through the pre-req checks, as I recall.

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There is an "express" version of SSMS 2008 that I use to connect to my remote servers from my local desktop: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=7593

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