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SQL Server 2008 RC0
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This site is dedicated to the several sample databases that ship for Microsoft SQL Server. 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, PDF and PNG versions of the schema diagrams.
Most sample databases and sample database business scenarios are documented on
What do I download??
There are several considerations about choosing a download, which can be daunting when there are 32 files to choose from...
- Which scenario databases you want to install.
- Which year-model of the scenario databases you want to install.
- Which platform you plan to install them on.
- Which version of SQL Server you plan to install them on.
The legacy v2005 editions are essentially identically to the versions shipped for SQL Server 2005 to provide backwards compatibility to some Books Online documentation, existing books and training materials
they can only be installed on SQL Server 2008. Support for v2005 editions will be dropped with the next major version of SQL Server.
For new applications and materials, we recommend using the v2008 editions.
This table should make it a little easier to sort out for choosing SQL Server 2008 sample database installers. Select the file(s) to
for the SQL Server 2008 versions based on these conventions. Files are named as follows:
||T-SQL scripts and CSV files for loading all four databases in the AdventureWorks family of databases and diagrams for one year-model, either v2005 or v2008.
||T-SQL scripts, CSV files and database backups for loading the AdventureWorks Data Warehouse database, diagrams and Visual Studio/BIDS projects for Analysis Services projects for business intelligence samples for one year-model, either v2005 or v2008.
||T-SQL scripts and diagrams for the AdventureWorks "Lite" database for one year-model, either v2005 or v2008.
||T-SQL scripts, CSV files and database backups for loading the AdventureWorks OLTP database and diagrams for one year-model, either v2005 or v2008.
ZIP files are also provided for those who don't want to use signed executable installers.
Looking for SQL Server 2005
sample databases? Click on
SQL Server 2005
in the Releases
area on the upper right hand part of this page. Databases installers which begin with
will only work on SQL Server 2008 instances and will not work correctly for SQL Server 2005 instances.
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 is a new family of AdventureWorks sample databases specifically designed for SQL Server 2008. More information about these sample databases is located on the
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Please let us know in the developer forum for this project on the Discussions
tab if you would like to contribute sample databases.
These sample databases are completely schema compatible with what shipped for SQL Server 2005, and they have
as part of their name. They will not
install on SQL Server 2005 since they were updated to use SQL Server 2008. The sample databases with
as part of their name are part of the new AdventureWorks 2008 family described below.
All databases use a case insensitive collation. Using the scripts you can create databases using any collation you wish.
AdventureWorks 2008 Family
New for SQL Server 2008 are the AdventureWorks 2008 family of sample databases. Use installers with
in the name in order to select the AdventureWorks 2008 family.
The AdventureWorks 2008 family of databases demonstrates some of the new features of SQL Server 2008. This family of databases can only be used with SQL Server 2008 and will not install successfully for earlier versions of SQL Server. The table below lists
the sample databases in this family:
||The new OLTP database designed for SQL Server 2008
||The new data warehouse designed for SQL Server 2008
||The new analysis services database designed for SQL Server 2008
||The new light version of the OLTP database for SQL Server 2008
Please see the readme which installs with AdventureWorks2008, AdventureWorksDW2008, and AdventureWorks2009DBScripts installers for details about the changes for AdventureWorks 2008 and instructions for how to install the sample databases. By default this readme
is installed to systemdrive:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Tools\Samples
is where you installed Windows).
We recommend that samples, books, and other training material which was originally targeted for SQL Server 2005 or earlier be updated to use the AdventureWorks 2008 family of databases within the next two years. Support for the
installers will end when the next major release after SQL Server 2008 ships.