Thursday, September 08, 2011

Want Denali CTP3 (aka next version of SQL Server)? Here's a Hyper-V VHD just for you (in 36 parts, but I've also provided direct download URL's for use in your DM of choice...)

Microsoft Downloads - SQL Server DENALI CTP3 Demo VHD

"A Hyper-V image of SQL Server Denali CTP3 in action

Quick details

Version: 1.0
Date Published: 9/8/2011

Language: English


The following software is configured on the virtual machine:

  • SQL Server "Denali" CTP3
  • SharePoint 2010
  • Office 2010

Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise, Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard

  • a Windows Server 2008R2 edition with Hyper-V role enabled.
  • Drive formatted to NTFS.
  • Processor: INTEL VT or AMD-V Capable
  • RAM: 8GB or more. Recommended 16GB+
  • Hard disk space required for install: 60GB


Nice means to play with the next version of SQL Server without installing it, assuming you have access to a Hyper-V compatible server (or Win8 in the future... :)


There has to be a better way to redistribute VHD's. Anyway, here's the direct download URLs for ready pasting into you download manager of choice...

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