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Sample Databases

SQL Server 2008 product sample databases are now available.

SQL Server 2005 product sample databases are still available.

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 Releases tab. You can find scripts which were used to build the databases on the Source Code tab along with Visio, PDF and PNG versions of the schema diagrams.

Most sample databases and sample database business scenarios are documented on MSDN.


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 Resources.
  • 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 here.

You can view the schema diagrams without downloading them here.

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 Releases tab.


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There are two releases of the sample databases. The release labeled SQL Server 2005 SP2a contains installers which will work for SQL Server 2005. The current release (currently labeled SQL Server 2008 Samples Refresh 1) contains two families of sample databases -- AdventureWorks and AdventureWorks2008. The AdventureWorks family is schema compatible with the sample databases for SQL Server 2005. The AdventureWorks2008 family has breaking schema changes in order to support some new scenarios and demonstrate new features in SQL Server 2008. The samples databases from SQL Server 2008 Samples Refresh 1 will not install correctly on SQL Server 2005. Please use the installers in the SQL Server 2005 SP2a release for that.

The AdventureWorks2008 family of sample databases are described below. For step by step installation instructions on how to install the sample databases for SQL Server 2008, see Installing Databases.

All databases use the default server collation.
AdventureWorks 2008 Family
Sample database with "2008" in their name are part of the AdventureWorks 2008 sample database 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:

Database Name Description Details
AdventureWorks2008 The new OLTP database designed for SQL Server 2008 Details
AdventureWorksDW2008 The new data warehouse designed for SQL Server 2008 Details
AdventureWorksAS2008 The new analysis services database designed for SQL Server 2008 Available now
AdventureWorksLT2008 The new light version of the OLTP database for SQL Server 2008 Available now

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 (where systemdrive 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 AdventureWorks family of sample databases will end when the next major release after SQL Server 2008 ships.

Last edited Dec 16, 2008 at 12:44 AM by bonniefe, version 32