Just a week ago, one of my contacts, Jasmin Azemović, told me that he recently published a book about Microsoft SQL Server running on Linux.


Jasmin is a researcher at the Faculty of Information Technology in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina. For many years, he is active in the area of databases and information security, with security and privacy of data, forensic analysis and detection of fraud, SQL Server administration, and eLearning systems being his main fields of interest.




Running SQL Server on Linux is currently a hot topic. SUSE and Microsoft already realized years ago that the IT world has become a heavily heterogeneous one, that nearly no company runs a pure “Microsoft” or a pure “Linux” environment, and thus building up a close relationship. But being able to run their database flagship SQL Server on Linux is definitely new territory, with the background to deliver a consistent data platform across Windows Server and Linux, as well as on-premises and cloud.

Officially, Microsoft SQL Server supports all major commercial enterprise distributions. But Jasmin let me know that, even if he also caters to other Linux distributions, he wrote his book using by 95% openSUSE Leap 42.2 and Tumbleweed as the basis – just because he believes that openSUSE delivers great value.

Of course this made me curious – and I asked if I could have a look into the book (btw thanks to publishing company Packt for the permit!). And Jasmin made a good case that everything really works very smoothly on the two flavors released by the openSUSE project.

He wrote his book mainly for Linux users who want to learn about and implement SQL Server, no matter if they are an experienced database user or just starting to dig deeper here. But Windows users will also benefit from this book because it helps them to expand their knowledge beyond Windows, explains in a few easy steps how to set up a working Linux environment to install SQL Server, and become equally efficient on both platforms.


Curious now, too? Interested in setting up your own SQL Server on openSUSE Leap, Tumbleweed, or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server? Just explore yourself what this newly published book SQL Server on Linux has to offer …






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