SQL Server now runs on Linux! This latest release, SQL Server 2017 RC2, runs on Linux and is in many ways simply SQL Server. It’s the same SQL Server database engine, with many similar features and services regardless of your operating system.
To get started, install SQL Server on Linux using one of the following quick start tutorials:
- Install on Red Hat Enterprise Linux
- Install on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
- Install on Ubuntu
- Run on Docker
Docker itself runs on multiple platforms, which means that you can run the Docker image on Linux, Mac, and Windows.
After installation, connect to the SQL Server instance on your Linux machine. You can connect locally or remotely and with a variety of tools and drivers. The quick start tutorials demonstrate how to use the sqlcmd command-line tool. Other tools include the following:
|Visual Studio Code (VS Code)||Use VS Code with SQL Server on Linux|
|SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)||Use SSMS on Windows to connect to SQL Server on Linux|
|SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT)||Use SSDT with SQL Server on Linux|
SQL Server 2017 has the same underlying database engine on all supported platforms, including Linux. So many existing features and capabilities operate the same way on Linux. This area of the documentation exposes some of these features from a Linux perspective. It also calls out areas that have unique requirements on Linux.
If you are already familiar with SQL Server, review the Release notes for general guidelines and known issues for this release. Then look at what's new for SQL Server on Linux as well as what's new for SQL Server 2017 overall.