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SQL Server 2016 Technical Documentation


Updated: January 25, 2016

Applies To: Azure SQL Database, SQL Server 2016 Preview

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Welcome to Microsoft® technical documentation for Microsoft SQL Server 2016®. This documentation contains the task descriptions and reference documentation that describes how to perform data management and business intelligence work by using SQL Server.

Try it out:

  • To download SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview 3.2 (CTP 3.2), go to the Evaluation Center.

  • Have an Azure account? Then go Here to spin up a Virtual Machine with SQL Server 2016 already installed.

SQL Server includes several data management and analysis technologies. Click on the links below to find the feature, task, and reference documentation for each technology.

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Database Engine  

The Database Engine is the core service for storing, processing, and securing data. The Database Engine provides controlled access and rapid transaction processing to meet the requirements of the most demanding data consuming applications within your enterprise. The Database Engine also provides rich support for sustaining high availability.

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Data Quality Services  

SQL Server Data Quality Services (DQS) provides you with a knowledge-driven data cleansing solution. DQS enables you to build a knowledge base, and then use that knowledge base to perform data correction and deduplication on your data, using both computer-assisted and interactive means. You can use cloud-based reference data services, and you can build a data management solution that integrates DQS with SQL Server Integration Services and Master Data Services.

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Analysis Services  

Analysis Services is an analytical data platform and toolset for personal, team, and corporate business intelligence. Servers and client designers support traditional OLAP solutions, new tabular modeling solutions, as well as self-service analytics and collaboration using Power Pivot, Excel, and a SharePoint Server environment. Analysis Services also includes Data Mining so that you can uncover the patterns and relationships hidden inside large volumes of data.

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Integration Services  

Integration Services is a platform for building high performance data integration solutions, including packages that provide extract, transform, and load (ETL) processing for data warehousing.


Master Data Services   

Master Data Services is the SQL Server solution for master data management. A solution built on Master Data Services helps ensure that reporting and analysis is based on the right information. Using Master Data Services, you create a central repository for your master data and maintain an auditable, securable record of that data as it changes over time.

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Replication is a set of technologies for copying and distributing data and database objects from one database to another, and then synchronizing between databases to maintain consistency. By using replication, you can distribute data to different locations and to remote or mobile users by means of local and wide area networks, dial-up connections, wireless connections, and the Internet.

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Reporting Services  

Reporting Services delivers enterprise, Web-enabled reporting functionality so you can create reports that draw content from a variety of data sources, publish reports in various formats, and centrally manage security and subscriptions.


R Services

Microsoft R Services provides multiple ways to incorporate the popular R language into enterprise workflows.

SQL Server R Services integrates the R language with SQL Server, making it easy to build, retrain, and score models by calling Transact-SQL stored procedures.

Microsoft R Server provides multi-platform, scalable support for R in the enterprise, and supports data sources such as Hadoop and Teradata.

Microsoft publishes additional information about SQL Server in several Web sites.

SQL Server Web Sites

There are videos, samples, and community resources for SQL Server 2016. For more information, see SQL Server 2016 Resources.

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