During my office hours observed, a very common question is”What is Denali?” once I answer that Denali is the next version of the SQL Server, the follow up question is where can I download it. I have explained the installation and download part over here: SQL SERVER – Denali CTP3 – Step by Step Installation Video – 200 Seconds . Most of the feature of the Denali can be just experienced as it is on native T-SQL. However, to experience all the features of the SQL Server Denali CTP3, one needs SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010. Microsoft has build VHD which contains all the necessary tools and configured everything for ready to run.
A HyperV image of SQL Server Denali CTP3 in action, including fully configured services and integration with SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010. The following software is configured on the virtual machine:
- SQL Server “Denali” CTP3
- SharePoint 2010
- Office 2010
Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)