Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC) Available

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted November 18, 2011

Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) has announced a feature complete Release Candidate (RC) version of SQL Server 2012 (formerly code-named "Denali"). As reported by Kurt Mackie in this Redmond Mag article, The RC download image contains both x86 and x64 hardware versions of the database management system. The software can run on 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems. Microsoft seems to recommend installing SQL Server 2012 RC on a system running Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (including the Server Core version).


"Microsoft described some of the new features in SQL Server 2012 earlier last month at the PASS Summit event in Seattle. Since that time, a few new features were included in the RC. One of the new features is an improved AlwaysOn capability. Microsoft's announcement explains that AlwaysOn now 'allows customers to experience multiple, readable secondaries for distributed scale of reporting and backup workloads and support for FileTable and FILESTREAM which brings first-class HA [high availability] to complex data types.'

"Microsoft MVP Aaron Bertrand has explained that AlwaysOn is just Microsoft's branding for disaster recovery and high-availability features in SQL Server, rather than a new feature. The use of read-only secondaries can help take the load off a primary server by allowing users to run 'certain backup operations and all reporting activity against a mirrored copy' of the server, Bertrand stated. He added that an important feature in SQL Server 2012 will be able to create 'availability groups,' which represent a group of databases. Users can set up failovers to move from one availability group to another and this can be done on top of other failover clustering techniques, he explained."

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