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  1. Review SQL Server 2022 system requirements and release notes. (Hardware and software requirements for this release are the same as SQL Server 2019, except for .NET Framework 4.7.2.)
  2. Register, then download and install full-featured software for a 180-day trial 
  3. Receive emails with resources to guide you through your evaluation 

Installation Guidelines

Note: You must have administrative rights on the computer to install SQL Server 2022 .

After downloading and running the installer, you may perform an immediate Basic installation of the SQL Engine, a full Custom installation, or download the media only. If you select to download media only versus doing an installation, two media download formats are available to the folder of your choice:

SQL Server 2022 DVD (ISO) image 

You can use the ISO image to mount and/or burn your own DVD. 

  1. Right click on SQLServer2022-x64-{loc}.iso and select Mount
  2. Locate and execute setup.exe on the mounted device to begin the installation. 
  3. Using your DVD-burning software, select the options to burn a DVD from an .ISO image. 
  4. After burning the DVD, locate and double-click Setup.exe on the DVD to begin the installation. 

SQL Server 2022 CAB file 

The SQL Server installer will download the following compressed files: 

  1. SQLServer2022-x64-{loc}.box 
  2. SQLServer2022-x64-{loc}.exe

SQL Server Linux Container image 

For instructions on how to pull and run SQL Server in a Linux container, please go to:  

SQL Server on Linux Packages: 

For instructions on how to obtain and install SQL Server on Linux, please go to:

Key notes about SQL Server 

  • The Microsoft SQL Server release is NOT supported by Microsoft Customer Services and Support (CSS). 
  • The Microsoft SQL Server release is available for testing purposes only and should NOT be installed and used in production environments. 

If you have questions or concerns that come up during your testing and evaluation, we encourage you to use the Azure Ideas forum for SQL Server to share your ideas, search for answers or ask new questions.