Microsoft releases first public release candidate of SQL Server 2017

Microsoft today announced the release of first release candidate of SQL Server 2017. SQL Server 2017 comes with tier-1 support for Linux as it includes the same high availability solutions on Linux as Windows Server, including Always On availability groups integrated with Linux native clustering solutions. It also comes with new set of query processing features that automatically keeps database queries running as efficiently as possible without requiring additional tuning from database administrators. Apart from the new features, SQL Server 2017 also offers great performance. It is proven by several new benchmarks demonstrating faster performance than competitive databases.
Microsoft has included the following feature enhancements in RC1 releasing today:
  • Transport Layer Security (TLS) to encrypt data – SQL Server on Linux can use TLS to encrypt data that is transmitted across a network between a client application and an instance of SQL Server. SQL Server on Linux supports the following TLS protocols: TLS 1.2, 1.1, and 1.0. Check out the getting started instructions.
  • SQL Server on Linux Active Directory integration – With RC1, SQL Server on Linux supports Active Directory Authentication, which enables domain-joined clients on either Windows or Linux to authenticate to SQL Server using their domain credentials and the Kerberos protocol. Check out the getting started instructions.
  • Machine Learning Services enhancements – In RC1, we add more model management capabilities for R Services on Windows Server, including External Library Management. The new release also supports Native Scoring.
  • SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS)  In addition to the enhancements to SSAS from previous CTPs of SQL Server 2017, RC1 adds additional Dynamic Management Views, enabling dependency analysis and reporting. See the Analysis Services blog for more information.
  • SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) on Linux  The preview of SQL Server Integration Services on Linux<link> now adds support for any Unicode ODBC driver, if it follows ODBC specifications. (ANSI ODBC driver is not supported.)
  • SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) on Windows Server  RC1 adds support for SSIS scale out in highly available environments. Customers can now enable Always On for SSIS, setting up Windows Server failover clustering for the scale out master.
You can download SQL Server 2017 RC1 here.

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