I am installing SQL Server 2012 Evaluation Edition on a virtual machine as I type.
You can do this. Here’s one way:
- Grab some virtual machine software. I like Oracle VirtualBox. It’s cool. It’s free.
- Install VirtualBox.
- Download the 180-day free trial of Windows Server 2008 R2. Also cool. Also free.
- Once Windows Server 2008 R2 is downloaded, build a VirtualBox VM.
- Download and install SQL Server 2012 Evaluation Edition!
That’s all there is to it. You can get started today, no need to wait until 1 Apr 2012 for media to ship. And, you don’t have to worry about making changes to your laptop or workstation (other than installing VirtualBox).
You can explore the cool new features of SQL Server 2012 for the next six months… for free! What are you waiting for?