Finally I managed to download and install the new CTP2. You need to have at least Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8 OS in order for the installation process to complete. Those are minimal OS requirements. You can find more info at https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms143506(v=sql.130).aspx#top_principal
Sharing first thoughts
Today Microsoft has announced the CTP2 of SQL Server 2016 (http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2016/ctp-2-sql-server-2016-now-available), the long waited public preview of the new SQL Server version. And as one of my friends said some time ago, “I was just about to retire when they release a new version and it became exited again”. Speaking of myself, I am not planning to retire soon, but a first CTP of a new SQL Server version is truly exciting event, like taking a new adventure, it is like getting a new motivation for the job.
So what motivates me in this new version and what I am planning to write and speak about in next few months (years) (and hopefully implement in practice and production environments).
I am rarely doing one of those posts that just targets clicks by fancy title and says nothing but a link that you could find by yourself. So beside giving you links and keywords of the product, let me share with you my favorite features that I am going to test and blog, and some info about how to start your own testing of this newly released CTP2.