I planned to migrate SQL Server 2008 Standard edition to Linux server instance. I have two problems with this instance:
- How to activate this instance?
- How to run instance in single mode to restore all databases (with master)?
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You cannot run/install SQL Server 2008 or any other production version on Linux OS, this is not allowed or possible, you can only install it on Windows server/client OS.
As per their official Blog, Microsoft announced in March 2016 that is planning to launch SQL Server on Linux: Announcing SQL Server on Linux. The SQL Server version is currently called v.next and will be available on Linux. Tentative date for release is Mid 2017.
There is a public preview version that can be installed/tested now but is not production ready yet: Take a closer look at SQL Server on Linux