Installing SQL Server on Linux

The first step we need to take before installing SQL Server on Linux is to understand that although the feature is titled SQL Server on Linux, there is a selection of supported Linux distributions. At the time of writing this book, the supported distributions were:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (version 7.3 or 7.4)
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (v12 SP2)
  • Ubuntu 16.04

If you are knowledgeable about Linux, you will probably know that these listed distributions being supported means that other distributions will be able to host SQL Server. This is the case on a technical level, as the operating systems that are variants based on one of the supported distributions should pose no problems. However, Microsoft has limited ...

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