SQL Server on Linux (Ubuntu)–Updating from Early CTP

I’ve been testing the SQL Server on Linux for a long time. After the recent Microsoft Data Amp event, I saw the announcement for CTP-2. So I did what I’ve been doing for some time on my Ubuntu machine:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install mssql-server

However, I got a message I didn’t expect.

2017-04-19 10_59_27-Ubuntu 64-bit SQL Server .210 - VMware Workstation

A few people on Twitter noted they had updated to CTP 2, but I was still on CTP1.4.


I looked back through the apt-get log and I saw this:

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I’m cutting off part of the path, since I think it’s probably NDA. No worries, apparently the old location for me hasn’t been updated with new packages, which makes sense.

I decided to check the MS docs and see how a new user would get SSoL running? At the new docs.microsoft site, I found the Install SQL Server on Ubuntu doc.

Following the instructions, I updated the GPG keys and registered the repository with curl:

curl https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/microsoft.asc | sudo apt-key add -

curl https://packages.microsoft.com/config/ubuntu/16.04/mssql-server.list | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mssql-server.list

Once those were done, I re-ran my apt-get update/install and it worked.

2017-04-19 10_58_46-SQLQuery9.sql - (sa (51))_ - Microsoft SQL Server Managemen

If you haven’t worked with Linux, it’s not really that hard. Some of you may get asked to install or manage a system, and while you should seek help for anything production related, in dev areas, play around. Read and learn a bit about Linux (I’d recommend watching the SDTIG book club meetings I, II, III, IV on Linux), download Ubuntu (or anything) and play around. Get used to a command line and try things.

You’ll love SQL Server on Linux. It’s mostly just SQL Server, but updates and installs as simple in a test world.

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