SQL Server 2014 CTP 2 was already announced, which is available now for download as a community technology preview.
You can now download SQL Server 2014 CTP2 from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/evalcenter/dn205290.aspx. This post covers a step-by-step installation guide of SQL Server 2014 CTP 2 with screen shots. Future release or final release may not be exactly same but should be very similar to this. We will perform this installation on Virtual test machine with Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition X64.
Upgrading from Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP 1 to Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP 2 is NOT supported. So make sure that you remove Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP 1 before proceeding for installation.
Step 1: Select the installation type. Here we will perform standalone installation thus selecting the same.
Step 3: Read and accept term and conditions. Click next to continue.
Step 4: Setup will check Global Rules on this page. Product update page was skipped.
Step 11: There is default checking of Collation settings for Database Engine & Analysis Services. You can customize it. Click next to continue.
Step 12: On the Server Configuration tab, specify the Authentication type and add the users who will have Administrative Privileges on Database Engine. Here I have added my account as Administrator. Switch to adjacent tab.
SQL Server 2014 CTP 2 wizard is almost similar to SQL Server 2012. Soon we will explore SQL Server 2014 features in upcoming blogs.
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