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> SQL Server Sample Databases
To download the sample databases click on the Releases
tab or click
. Note that the default release is for SQL Server 2008
. Select the SQL Server
SP2a release before downloading if you are using SQL Server 2005
or the installation will fail.
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This project contains Database samples released with Microsoft SQL Server product.
Microsoft SQL Server ships with several sample databases. You can find installers containing the sample databases on the
tab. You can find scripts which were used to build the databases on the
tab along with Visio and JPEG versions of the schema diagrams.
Most sample databases and sample database business scenarios are documented on
The following sample databases are currently available for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008:
- The AdventureWorks OLTP database supports standard online transaction processing scenarios for a ficticious bicycle manufacturer (Adventure Works Cycles). Scenarios include Manufacturing, Sales, Purchasing, Product Management, Contact Management, and Human
- The Adventure Works DW database demonstrates how to build a data warehouse.
- The Adventure Works AS project can be used to build an AS database for business intelligence scenarios.
- The Adventure Works LT database is a highly simplified and smaller sample database which is helpful for those who are new to relational database technology.
The Adventure Works LT Database is documented
You can view the schema diagrams without downloading them
There are a new family of AdventureWorks sample databases specifically designed for SQL Server 2008. More information about these sample databases are located on the
Please let us know in the developer forum for this project on the Discussions
tab if you would like to contribute sample databases.