Nov 10, 2015

SQL Server 2016 CTP 3.0 download

Microsoft has recently announced the Community Technology Preview 3.0 (CTP 3.0) update of SQL Server 2016.

Using Microsoft Live Account, you can login and download the CTP 3.0 Evaluation version using any of the below links. If you don't have Live account, you can register one.


Alternatively, you can download directly using below link

Direct download link:  SQLServer2016CTP3.0-x64-ENU.iso

Using DVD burning software, burn this ISO file on to DVD. Then, run setup.exe file to start the installation.

Alternatively, you can install software that can mount your ISO file. Once mounted, a new drive will start appearing in "My Computer" (similar to when you plugin Pen Drive)

Note : You must have administrative rights on the computer to install SQL Server 2016 CTP 3.0.

Key Notes :

  • The release is not supported by Microsoft Customer Services and Support (CSS).
  • The release is available for testing purposes only and should not be installed and used in production environments.
  • Side-by-Side installation with down-level production SQL Server instances as well as in-place upgrades of down-level production SQL Server instances, is supported for SQL Server 2008 and higher.

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