This post was sitting in my drafts box for a while now, so thought to flush it out :-)
Few months ago, out of curiousity, I had installed SQL Server 2011 "Denali" CTP3 (now called SQL Server 2012) on my local box
Yes, you can have a side-by-side install, In my case I have SQL Server 2008 along with "Denali".
The next step was to try out and see if Dynamics AX 2012 can run on it. Although, Dynamics AX 2012 Setup/Installer complains about the new version, but there's a workaround to set this up.
- Backup the existing AX 2012 database (Baseline and Transactional db's) from SQL Server 2008
- Restore the db onto SQL Server 2012 "Denali"
- Install a new AOS and make it point to the restored DB
And, now your Dynamics AX 2012 is ready and up on SQL Server 2012 :-)
If you are interested to know "What's New in SQL Server 2012" maybe you can have a look at the below links or just "google" it.
I will be exploring the new features of SQL 2012 as and when I get time, I will do some posting on how Dynamics AX can leverage the new and improved features in SQL Server 2012.
Till then, Njoi :-)