SQL Server 2017 (CTP) Download

Hi Friends!

Quickest Way to download SQL Server 2017 (CTP)

Thought to share with you a quickest way to download SQL Server 2017 CTP version (applies to basically any version provided you’ve source URL details).

In today’s world hard to avoid working with PowerShell, that’s the easiest and vital tool  to ease out quite a bit of pain for any (repetitive) task. So, do I.

As soon Microsoft launched SQL Server 2017 (CTP) thought to get my hands dirty with it. However, like any other instance go through Microsoft URL, chose multiple parameters like authenticate, architecture, language etc. And finally get a Download button, found it little time taking and thought to find an easy & better way around.

SQL Server 2017 Download


Here PowerShell becomes super handy, all you just need to exact path of source ISO file (in my case, you can go for CAB as well) and destination i.e. local machine path where ISO file will be downloaded.

$source = "http://care.dlservice.microsoft.com/dl/download/F/4/3/F43E1CD6-4FAB-4E23-9019-5D72D7FA9BEA/SQLServerVnextCTP2.0-x64-ENU.iso"
$destination = "D:\Installer\SQLServerVnextCTP2.0-x64-ENU.iso"
Invoke-WebRequest $source -OutFile $destination



Download completed. Woha! amazingly no repetitive information ask and multiple steps. Aforesaid script works like a charm and file is downloaded within few minutes (depends of speed).


Let’s go ahead and look at destination path. Cool! file looks all good & intact.


Hope you find it equally worth.

Happy Learning!

Avanish Panchal
Regional Head – DataPlatformGeeks & DPS2017 Core Team Member
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About Avanish Panchal

Avanish carries around 15 years of experience in IT industry. He is post graduate in Computer Science, followed by Masters in Business Administration. He has worked on multiple technologies like SQL Server, .net & Sybase with world largest bank(s)/IT consulting firm(s) like JPMorganChase, CapGemini, Datamatics etc. Currently holds position of Database Architect in BioPharma Global Leader. His area of focus are SQL Server DB Engine, Security, Storage, Virtualization & Infrastructure Consolidation. Passionate for delivering Database IT Infrastructure to satisfy and exceed the needs of the enterprise. You may find him active on various forums like SQLBangalore, SQLServerGeeks & many more. His SQL Server passion helped him to be the Core Team member of Asia's First SQL Server Conference in 2015 @ Bangalore (#SSGAS2015).

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