SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview 3.3

Get your testing gear on, here is another instalment of SQL Server 2016 CTP which is 3.3. There are 2 options available to test this version either you can download SQL2016CTP3.3 or using Windows Azure capabilities to fire up a fresh  Azure VM.

CTP3.3 documentation refers the list of enhancements in this version (continued from CTP 3.2):

  • Continued enhancement of Stretch Database: Stretch Database allows you to stretch operational tables in a secure manner into Azure for cost-effective historic data availability. CTP 3.3 includes multiple improvements to Stretch Database, including Azure Stretch database edition preview with support for up to 60TB, Point-in-time restore and geo-failover support.
  • Enhancements to In-Memory OLTP: In-Memory OLTP, which dramatically improves transaction processing performance, has added support in CTP 3.3.
  • Enhancements to Analysis Services DirectQuery models: Analysis Services Tabular Models running in DirectQuery mode now also allows us of DAX filters when defining roles and creation of calculated columns.
  • Enhancements to the new Reporting Services web portal: An updated preview of the new web portal now enables you to add the KPIs and reports you use to your Favorites, to create and edit shared data sources for your KPIs and reports, and to perform other management tasks.

In order to overview a detailed information on new features and enhancements to existing features review the blog posts below:

In any case if you are stumbled upon a bug that you need to report then Microsoft Connect site, but make sure to search before posting to avoid any duplication on the subject matter.


Happy CTP’ng!