With Microsoft SQL Server 2014 now generally available, there are a number of free resources you'll want to get your hands on to experience the breakthrough performance of this cloud-first data platform. 


SQL Server 2014 Evaluation

The SQL Server 2014 evaluation is available for free, offered as a trial on Microsoft Azure, as well as downloadable ISO and CAB files. We've also hand-picked some evaluation resources to enhance your trial experience, so visit the TechNet Evaluation Center, and get started with your evaluation today!


SQL Server 2014 Virtual Labs

Additional resources available to you for immersing yourself in a SQL Server 2014 experience, are TechNet Virtual Labs. Check out these new labs:


TechNet Virtual Lab: What's new in SQL Server 2014 for DBAs

In this lab you will learn about the new features in SQL Server 2014. You'll learn about SSD Buffer Pool Extension, Separation of duties, Backup to Cloud, Clustered Columnstore Indexing, and other features in SQL Server 2014.


TechNet Virtual Lab: Implementing HA/DR with SQL Server 2014 AlwaysOn Availability Groups

In this lab you will learn on how to implement and manage AlwaysOn Availability groups in SQL Server 2014.


SQL Server 2014 Express For Developers

SQL Server 2014 Express also launched last week, so be sure to check out this free, feature-rich edition of SQL Server that is ideal for learning, developing, powering desktop, web & small server applications, and for redistribution by ISVs. Download now and receive resources from the experts.