Chapter 1. Installing SQL Server 2012

When Microsoft releases a major new version of a software product that is as big as SQL Server, it is an exciting time. They are on a schedule of one major release every four years and every release is increasingly more remarkable than the last.

Between us, the authors, we have covered a variety of development and administration roles spanning several decades. Over this time we have taken much delight in watching SQL Server grow stronger, gain more market share, take on new features, and even fix some critical issues too. We started working with SQL Server 6.5 way back in the 1990s and it has been a fascinating journey, arriving here in 2012 with new features that we could hardly have envisaged all those years ...

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