After seven iterations of the preview version, MicrosoftdeclareRelease the first SQL Server 2017 candidate version. Developers can use this version to explore some of the new improvements that extend the capabilities of the SQL Server Linux version.
In these new improvements, first of all, the Active Server authentication on the SQL Linux DirectorySupport. Use AD authentication SQL Server authentication has some advantages of easy administration, including the user's single sign on, use the AD group through different levels of access to users, and establish a centralized password policy.
Second, the ability to encrypt data using the transport layer security protocol (Transport, Layer, Security, TLS) when the network is transferred between the client application and the SQL Server instance. AlreadySupportTLS 1, 1.1, and 1.2. The new features are SQL Server analysis services (SQL, Server, Services, SSAS, Analysis) and dynamic management views (Dynamic, Management, Views).
The SQL Server integration server (SQL, Server, Integration, Servers, SSIS) has also been updated. For Linux instances, developers can now choose to use any of themUnicode ODBC driver(note that Unicode must be ANSI, not supported). SSIS users on Windows will benefit from increased Always On support for SSIS, which provides failover cluster functionality on Windows Server.
These new features are based on existing features already delivered in SQL Server 2017:
RC1 is available nowdownloadSupports Windows, Linux, and Docker containers.