What are the SQL 2016 Dedicated Server requirements?

Microsoft recently updated the language used by database servers. Microsoft SQL, also known as MS SQL 2016, is a powerful and popular Relational Database Management System (RDBMS).

MS SQL 2016 is Microsoft's move towards "cloud first, mobile first technology." It's optimized for lightning-fast data searches and analytics. All of which can require heavy lifting from your system.

But what are the system requirements for running MS SQL 2016? We've put together a small guide to help you figure out if you can install Microsoft's SQL server.

MS SQL 2016 System Requirements

Here's what you'll need to install a 2016 SQL server.

.NET Framework

You'll need to have .NET Framework 4.6 or later installed to be able to run MS SQL 2016. The SQL server software will usually prompt you to install the framework if you haven't already. You can also download the Framework installer if you haven't already.

Windows 8.1 or later and Windows Server 2012 R2 are also necessary for running .NET Framework 4.6 or later.

Network Software

OS supported by MS SQL 2016 feature dedicated network software. Installing an MS SQL 2016 server supports TCP/IP, named pipes, shared memory, and VIA transfer protocols.

Hard Drive Requirements

MS SQL 2016 requires a minimum of 6 GB of available hard drive space. Different configurations of the server software will have different hard drive requirements. Make sure to check how much hard drive space the version of MS SQL you're installing requires.

SQL Server Recommendations

If you're planning on hosting your own SQL server there are a few things you'll need to keep in mind.

Each database will need to be running the same version of SQL Server. The SQL Server collation setting must be configured correctly for each database, as well.

Full-text search is mandatory for both the operational database as well as the warehouse server.

It is recommended to run a Windows server 2016 SQL 2016 with computers configured for the NTFS file format. You'll also need to have an extra 1024 MB, at least, for each SQL database. The amount of hard drive used by each database can grow quite a bit, so keep that in mind.

Only use Windows Authentication for the computer hosting the operational database. Do not use Mixed Mode Authentication, which is a mixture of Windows Authentication and SQL Server Authentication.

Mixed Mode Authentication is optional for the operational database but all contact is done via Windows. You'll have to stick with the Windows Authentication.

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