SQL Server + Linux

Microsoft has released a public preview of SQL Server for Linux

As of the time of this writing there are three supported platforms for SQL Server on Linux:

  1. Red Hat Enterprise 7.2

  2. Ubuntu 16.04

  3. Linux-based Docker engine

SQL Server on Linux is the vNext version, which was out for general availability in 2017. If you have a SQL licence, you can choose to deploy on Linux or Windows. Many of the features are not yet available including:

  • full-text search

  • replication

  • Stretch DB (extend a database to Azure)

  • Polybase (query data warehouses)

  • Always on availability groups

  • Active Directory authentication

  • SQL Server Agent

  • SQL Server R Services

  • Analysis Services

  • Reporting Services

  • Integration Services

  • Data Quality Services

  • Master Data Services. CLR (.NET Runtime) stored procedures

Installation instructions are available here:


SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) is not available on Linux, though there is no problem connecting to a Linux SQL Server instance from Windows SQL Server Studio Manager.

The installation is straight forward and requires just a few apt-get commands. Below is a screenshot showing SQL Server running on my Ubuntu VM: