It can often be a problem to test out a version of SQL Server, unless you can easily get access to the operating systems you need.
I subscribe to TechNet, which costs about GBP £200 per year (plus about £50 extra in year 1), which give me access to all Microsoft operating systems, server softwaer (such as SQL Server, SharePoint, etc) and Office.
Technet allows me to build the environments I need when developing and testing SQL FineBuild, and also for charities that I do work for. Installing your own operating systems is a good way to extend your skills, so you end up learning about things other than just SQL Server.
Within an office environment, it can be difficult to build your own systems without impacting on corporate networks, but if you have a business case your employer should help you find a way to build the environment you need for your work.
Original author: SQL Server FineBuild 1-click install and best practice configuration of SQL Server 2017 2016, 2014, 2012, 2008 R2, 2008 and 2005. 1 Dec 2016
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