Installation Requirements

The requirements for hardware, software, and browser requirements for installing and running SQL Server 2016 may vary, depending on how you intend to run it. We’ll look at the requirements associated with the SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview 2.

With both the 32-bit and 64-bit editions of SQL Server 2016, Microsoft suggests it be installed and run on computers using the NTFS file format. Although it can be used on and is supported on those computers with a FAT32 file system, Microsoft does not recommend this as it is less secure than NTFS.

Both these editions can be installed either through the Installation Wizard or a command prompt. Microsoft provides installation instructions and information online.


There are a few hardware configurations you may need to check before installing SQL Server 2016. You will need a minimum of 6 GB of hard-disk space available. Actual requirements vary and depend on the components and features installed. Note that the SQL Server Setup will, for example, block installations on read-only, mapped, or compressed drives. It also will fail if the setup is launched through Terminal Services Client.


Next, you will want to be certain .NET 3.5 SP1 is installed. NET 4.6 will be automatically installed when SQL Server Management Studio is selected as an installation choice, according to Microsoft. It also installs the required software components—SQL Server Native Client and SQL Server Setup support files.

Operating System

The supported operating systems for SQL Server 2016 each have built-in network software. The operating system requirements for these is quite comprehensive. A list of more than 50 supported operating systems is available from Microsoft. You may wish to check on the default configuration and latest network requirements on the Microsoft Developer Network website.


Once installed, there are some other issues you may wish to note when using SQL Server 2016. If, for example, you want to use Power View within the SharePoint Mode, Silverlight must be installed in the client browser. You will also want to validate the installation using the Installed SQL Server features discovery report.


Microsoft is offering users the opportunity to download the preview or else access it via a virtual machine in Microsoft Azure. The company is also taking feedback using Microsoft’s Connect tool.


There are many different issues to consider when planning and performing an upgrade to SQL Server 2016. There are, for example, different minimum requirements for installing SQL Server on Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8. It’s possible the resource requirements could change before the product release, so this brief sketch is certainly not definitive.