- Install SQL Server or SQL Server Express (that edition is free).
Newly installed SQL Server instances do not allow remote connections. Please follow the directions in SQL Server.
For added security, you can enable SSL Encryption to communicate with your instance of SQL Server.Please follow directions on Configure SQL Server Database Engine for encrypting connections.
- To create an empty database, select File - Data Sources - Add.
- Choose Microsoft SQL Server in the list.
- Configure the connection and run a test using Test Server.