SQL Server 2016 Release Candidate First Look

 

Download is available at this link: SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 2016

 

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The setup file is of 634 MB which is supported across the platform : Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 (SP1), Windows Server 2012 (64-bit), Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit). Refer here for more details: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-in/library/mt238290.aspx

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The installation UI looks a little different and clean than ever before.

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The Installation process took quite a bit and it installed it module by module!

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After 10 minutes or so, it asked me to do a reboot. And I did!

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And I was presented with this:

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Yes, you’ve got two more options to log into a SQL server instance:

  1. Active Directory Password Authentication
  2. Active Directory Integrated Authentication

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It comes with an awesome “Activity Monitor” eliminating the need of so much used DMV queries to measure which object is being consumed much and do the performance tuning!

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Lovely Activity Monitor!

And the cheery on top: Live Query Execution Plan!

Live Query Execution Plan

Loving all this.  🙂

 

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