Native Linux Install Experience: The driver can now be installed with apt-get (Ubuntu), yum (RedHat/CentOS) and Zypper (SUSE). Instructions on how to do this is below.
AlwaysOn Availability Groups (AG): The driver now supports transparent connections to AlwaysOn Availability Groups. The driver quickly discovers the current AlwaysOn topology of your server infrastructure and connects to the current active server transparently.
TLS 1.2 support: The driver now supports TLS 1.2 connections to SQL Server.
These are some nice additions. None of them are groundbreaking, but they add up to a nice release. Click through for instructions on how to install the driver; it got a lot easier for supported platforms.
Using VS Code Debug
First, we are going to use VS Code debug option to run PowerShell Out-Of-The-Box. This way we can be use debug to execute and step thru the PowerShell script code.
Open the folder were the scripts are going to be stored. The first time using the Debug it will ask to create the “launch.json” which is needed in order to execute and debug the script. Accept the default values as you can change them later if needed.
Read on; it’s a whole new world…
Given its beginnings, Service Fabric supports Windows servers and .NET applications, but many enterprises today run heterogeneous workloads, including Windows and Linux servers, .Net and Java applications, and SQL and NoSQL databases. That’s why I am excited to announce today that the preview of Service Fabric for Linux will be publicly available at our Ignite conference on September 26. With today’s announcement customers can now provision Service Fabric clusters in Azure using Linux as the host operating system and deploy Java applications to Service Fabric clusters. Service Fabric on Linux will initially be available for Ubuntu, with support for RHEL coming soon.
This isn’t a huge announcement for many people, but it’s a positive sign.
This is PowerShell Core only, Alpha Version 18.104.22.168 and there’s a lot of work to do. Bugs and feedback are been submitted as the community are contributing for it success.
This version is also available for Windows 10 / Server 2016 and Windows 8.1 / Server 2012 R2. You can have it side-by-side with the current version of PowerShell.
Max has notes on how to install it on Ubuntu. Given that Microsoft is bringing Bash to Windows and Powershell to Linux, these are interesting times.
If it worth knowing that in order to get Bash, it’s a feature you need to installed it first. The following is the series of steps I use to enabled and install Bash on my desktop. And, after enabling Bash, I started using it under the PowerShell Console.
Apropos of this, I read a very interesting article by Alex Clemmer yesterday on how terrible the Windows command line is. Powershell and Bash are way, way better for pretty much any purpose, other than perhaps experiencing masochism.
Did you know you can now get SQL Server ODBC drivers for Ubuntu? Yes, no, maybe? It’s ok even if you haven’t since it’s pretty new! Anyway, this presents me with an ideal opportunity to standardise my SQL Server ODBC connections across the operating systems I use R on i.e. Windows and Ubuntu. My first trial was to get it working on Travis-CI since that’s where all my training magic happens and if it can’t work on a clean build like Travis, then where can it work?
Now I can create R functionality that can reliably depend on SQL Server without having to fallback to JDBC. A definite woohoo moment!
Thanks to Steph for putting together this script.
Chrissy LeMaire shows us how to connect to AD from Ubuntu:
Since 2009, it seems that a couple things have changed in the client realm. In particular, winbindfell out of favor to Likewise Open (which I used to <3) which was bought by BeyondTrust and turned into PowerBroker Open. But that’s since fallen out of favor to the SSSD or “System Security Services Daemon“. SSSD seems pretty cool but everyone hates its name and assume that its name is keeping it from greater adoption.
Sometimes when researching SSSD, you’ll come across a few mentions of FreeIPA which is similar to Active Directory, OpenLDAP, and ApacheDS. Oh, and I recently found out thatSamba4 allows Linux servers to join Active Directory as Domain Controllers (!!) but I can’t tell if it can be a forest of its own (reddit review here).
There are other players I’m leaving out but after a bit of casual research, no others seem to stand out. Ultimately, while there are a number of ways to setup AD/Linux authentication with Ubuntu, it appears that SSSD is the current way to go. Let’s go ahead and set that up.
Cf Ryan Adams and LeMaire’s separate posts back in March on the topic. As Microsoft gets serious about Linux integration, I would love to see them simplify this process significantly, either by updating an existing open-source project (my preference) or creating their own open-source project.
We are committed to continuously updating the JDBC driver to bring more feature support for connecting to SQL Server, Azure SQL Database, and Azure SQL DW. Please stay tuned for upcoming releases that will have additional feature support. This applies to our wide range of client drivers including PHP 7.0, Node.js, ODBC, and ADO.NET which are already available.
Don’t forget Hadoop integration (e.g., via Sqoop) while you’re at it…
Back to our question at hand. Since the preview just got released I have not had a chance to test this out with SQL Server. However, you can use Active Directory accounts with Linux and Unix by using Samba and PAM. I see no reason why this implementation would not also work with SQL Server on Linux, but again I have not yet had a chance to test this out. Since I already have some written installation instructions, that’s what I am providing here.
Couple of thoughts on the sign up form:
Red Hat is mentioned in the announcment but this form tells us that only Ubuntu or Docker images are currently available. Will it be available to all Linux distributions? What about OS X?
As for Docker, does it ever make sense to have RDBMSs in containers? Containers are generally immutable.
Done. I’m also excited about the continued Microsoft-Red Hat collaboration, not just because I live in Red Hat territory.
My favorite part of SQL Server on Linux? My Bash scripts for automation work again.