Archive for June 25, 2013

SQL Server 2014 CTP1 now Available… download now!!!

June 25, 2013 4 comments


Finally the wait is over to get your hands dirty on SQL Server 2014 as the first Community Test Preview (CTP1) is released and is available for download form the Microsoft Official Site.

–> Download the SQL Server 2014 CTP1 [here].

You will need to login with your Windows Live ID to go to the download page.

–> Microsoft has released following Installation Limitations for SQL Server 2014 Community Technology Preview 1 (CTP1):

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 is pre-release software and should be installed only on a clean machine. It does not support upgrade from or side-by-side installations with any previous version of SQL Server, including SQL Server 2012. In addition it does not work with or support side by side installations with any client redistributables of SQL Server such as feature pack components, Visual Studio 2012 or earlier versions, SQL Server Data Tools, Data Tier Application Framework, etc.
  • To administer Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 use only SQL Server Management Studio that ships as a part of Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1.
  • The Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 release is NOT supported by Microsoft Customer Services and Support (CSS).
  • The Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 release is only available in the X64 architecture.
  • The Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 release is a NON-PRODUCTION release and should not be installed and used in production environments.
  • The Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 release does NOT have an associated Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 Feature Pack.
  • The Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 release on Windows Azure VM is only intended for functional development and testing, and not for performance testing.
  • The Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 release contains branding and versioning from older Microsoft SQL Server releases.

–> System Requirements to install SQL Server 2014 CTP1: [here]

  • Minimum Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012
  • X64 architecture only
  • MS.Net Framework 3.5 SP1

–> Product Detail Page, [link].

Imp Note: As the first limitation point says to install it on a Clean Machine, this means the machine should not have any Pre-Releases of SQL Server and/or Visual Studio Installed.

So, to start with SQL Server 2014 CTP1 you need to get a clean machine, or a new machine with a freshly installed Windows OS.

Check more on SQL Server 2014 CTP1, here: