To start SSMS on Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard I …
1) Clicked in the bottom-left corner of the screen – which brought up a bunch of blue and green boxes.
2) Clicked on the little down-arrow in a circle near the bottom-left of the screen.
2b) If not visible I clicked a blank part of the screen – outside the boxes.
3) This is like an ‘All Programs’ screen.
4) Find and click “SQL Server Management Studio”.