Earlier this month SQL Server 2012 RTM was announced, and the evaluation is now available for download:

The build number for the RTM is 11.0.2100.60.

Related downloads are also available:

  • Books Online for SQL Server 2012 – product documentation is available online, and can also be installed locally. Books Online are not installed as part of the SQL Server installation; the Help Viewer needs to be configured appropriately for you to access SQL Server documentation;
  • Microsoft SQL Server Data Tools – not simply a replacement for the SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio, this new – freely available – tool provides an improved database development experience, both to SQL Server as well as SQL Azure database developers;
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Feature Pack – additional components are available separately (all 34 of them);
  • Adventure Works for SQL Server 2012 – sample databases are available on CodePlex. Read the installation instructions carefully; the deployment of data samples is not a trivial task, although it should not cause problems to a seasoned DBA.

Note to DQS users upgrading to RTM from RC0: before attempting to upgrade your Data Quality Services (DQS) installation, read the instructions available at TechNet:


May it serve you well!


ML