So I got my new laptop – 16GB RAM, 512 SSD drive, i7-6700HQ Quad Core processor. There’s no DVD drive, so I may need to get an external one at some point. It’s probably a little more than what I need but as I tend to run tech into the ground before replacing\upgrading, I’m OK with these specs. My “perfectly fine” laptop has also starting to mock me with strange display driver issues, so I’m definitely feeling better about making the plunge. I even got myself a new wifi router since I suddenly realized that I had way too many connected devices and I may benefit by upgrading that as well.
With my shiny new laptop, the first thing I had to do is install SQL 2016. I don’t do much SQL Server installations these days. If someone I work with needs help installing SQL Server, I’ll be there to help answer questions but I don’t do the installs for them. And because I really only need the one instance of each version locally and (clearly) don’t change machines that often, it’s been awhile.
The installer, for the most part, still looked and felt like the previous installs. But there are a lot of different details.