New install: Bizagi 11 can't connect to db SQL Server Express 2016 on Windows 10 Pro

I have a clean Windows 10 Pro setup with Microsoft SQL Server Express 2016. As I installed the Bizagi Studio 11 (setup file downloaded Sepember 3), I was not able to connect with the database. I have successfully connected to the db using several other programs and utilities.

Question #1: I therefore completed the Bizagi Studio 11 install with "will connect to database later" selected in the install wizard. After rebooting, I still can't connect to SQL Server Express 2016. Does Bizagi Studio 11 work with this database server version? Will there be a fix soon?

Question #1b: If Bizagio Studio 11 does not yet support SQL Server Express 2016, what is the lightest or most minimal other database I can install on my system to support Bizagi?

Question #2: Previous Bizagi Studio 11 downloads were identified as "Preview". Now, as of Sept. 3rd, the most current Bizagi Studio download page no longer says "Preview". Does that mean Bizagi 11 Studio is now a released version?

Thank you for your detailed solutions and reply.

Comments (1)


Dear Peter,

At the moment, Bizagi Studio 11 does not support SQL Server 2016. Our supported versions are:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 or higher
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 SP1 or higher

For further information:

Regarding your second question, yes. It is not a preview version. It is a released version. Please check our release notes at: