CTP3 of SQL Server Code Name “Denali” was made available for download this morning. You can download the 32-bit and 64-bit versions here. Official announcement from the SQL Server team blog and the announcement from the Analysis Services and PowerPivot Team Blog. Note that there was not a publically available CTP2. Microsoft went from CTP1 last November to CTP3.
Jamie Thomson has a post about the SSIS enhancements in Denali CTP3, and Microsoft’s Wiki lists What’s New in Master Data Services (MDS) in Denali CTP3.
For technical questions about CTP3, go to the MSDN SQL Server (Pre-release) Forums. The link for feedback specifically for SQL Server (including Denali): https://connect.microsoft.com/sqlserver/feedback.
Also check out Brent Ozar’s CTP3 is Here! Five Things to Know About the Next Version of SQL Server and How to Set Up SQL Server Denali Availability Groups (Brent obviously has been using CTP3 for a while..lucky guy!).
Mark Tabladillo’s post SQL Server Denali CTP3 and Data Mining has installation tips and explains that Microsoft has a “Technology Access Preview” (abbreviated TAP) which allows the lucky few to obtain CTP3 before the public (as well as CTP2 which was not released to the public).
There is a cool new feature in CTP3 called “Product Update”: It integrates the latest product updates with the main product installation so that the main product and its applicable updates are installed at the same time. See Product Update” in SQL Server code-named “Denali.
For more details on Denali, check out my other blog posts: