SQL SERVER – Download and Install Sample Database AdventureWorks 2005 – Detail Tutorial

Just a day ago I received a question from a reader who just installed SQL Server 2008. After the installation user did not find any sample database along with installation. The user wants to install the sample database which he is very much used to. Let us learn about Sample Database AdventureWorks.

Here is a quick tutorial how one can install the AdventureWorks database on your server.

In the year 2016 Microsoft has replaced AdventureWorks with WideWorldImports database. You can read about that over here: Download and Install Sample Database WideWorldImporters

Sample database is now moved to Microsoft’s open source site of Codeplex. Visit following link to visit the Sample Database page.

There are two different methods to set up sample database. 1) Running SQL Script 2) Restoring Database Backup. There are a few common steps in both the process. We will see the common process first and then after see both the method to set up a sample database in detail.

Common Steps:

Download the .msi package based on your operating system and your SQL Server version. I have used AdventureWorks DB version of 2005 as that is what was questioned from user. If you download version of 2008 it can only be installed in version of 2008.

Most of the images are self-explanatory so I will let images explain most of the details.

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Above image displays the location where Sample Database is installed. Please note the location of the same database as “C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Tools\Samples\AdventureWorks OLTP

Method 1 : Using T-SQL Script

Open SQL Server Management Studio and open the file instawdb from the location where sample database are extracted “C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Tools\Samples\AdventureWorks OLTP“.

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Now make sure that you find variable @data_path and change its values to the location of the database. This is very important task otherwise your database will be created with empty tables.

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Once the script is successfully running, following result set will be returned.

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Check AdventureWorks database in object explorer.

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Method 2 : Restoring Database Backup

This method requires to create empty database initially and then after restoring it from backup. Please pay attention to radio buttons and checkbox on the screen as it is very important to select the right options when restoring database.

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Location of Database backup is where sample database is extracted “C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Tools\Samples\AdventureWorks OLTP“.

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The following screen is most important, make sure to select options displayed in the screen or database will not be restored.

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Check AdventureWorks database in the object explorer.

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If you want to install AdventureWorks database version 2008, the methods works fine. There is an additional sample database are available in the same package and they can be installed in a similar way. If you want to install Northwind database follow my previous article SQL SERVER – 2005 NorthWind Database or AdventureWorks Database – Samples Databases – Part 2.

Let me know what is your experience while setting up a sample database with SQL Server 2008. Additionally, let me know what you think about this in-depth explanation of the process of setting up sample database.

Reference : Pinal Dave (https://blog.sqlauthority.com)

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132 Comments. Leave new

  • hello sir,
    kindly plz suggest me a site through which i can download the free SQL SERVER..
    plz do let me know the full version and the path so that i can download it right away as it seems to very complicated..
    Thanking You,
    yours sincerely
    Kanji Dabhi

    date-14-03-2011

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    • Here is SQL Server 2008 express link with Management Studio. I know your question was asked a while back, but in case you are still looking, here you go

      Here is the 64 bit version

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  • hi dear i want ur Demo plz Send me this Demo dear ur Demo is very usefull for Every Person

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  • where we can find SQL2008.AdventureWorks DB Script v2008.x86.msi

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  • SQL2008.AdventureWorks DB Script v2008.x86.msi
    is not there anymore, anyone can provide a sample to me? plz send to [email removed]

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  • Sunil Kumar Kaushal
    May 16, 2011 3:46 pm

    Hi All,

    Please let me know how can I add server on SQL SERVER CLIENT 2000

    Regards,
    Sunil kumar Kaushal

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  • Thanks Pinal,

    I was trying to attach AdventureWorks2008 OLTP database on SQL Server 2008R2 but there is an incompatible version issue which did not go away even after applying all SPs.

    I successfully scripted the database in with the help of this article.

    Thanks again,

    Sena

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  • Thank you very much. You tried using SQL Server 2008? Intellisense drives me mad! Is there any way to deactivate it?

    Thanks, Tarrist.

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  • Hi All,

    Please let me know how can I add server on SQL SERVER CLIENT 2005

    Regards,

    jitendra patel

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  • Hi
    All

    I m finding difficulty to attach all sample databases download from code plex,
    Error message displays as version of sql currently is lower version 654 compared to the databases which i have downloaded these were new version 661

    any help……….

    thanks

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  • this is very good example

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  • thats the issue im facing any one please help us…………

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  • My sql server 2008 installation stops in between without any error.plss help

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  • I have installed AdventureWorks2008R2_SR1
    from https://archive.codeplex.com/?p=msftdbprodsamples
    its automatically install all sample DB to my local db machine.
    no additional setup..
    anyway thanks

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  • I tried to access the codeplex site for Adventureworks sample DB’s for a few different types, and each one times out. What’s up with that?

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  • I tired install AdventureWorks2008R2_SR1 but in starting fatel error ocuring and my database some tables are avlable but no data only structur.how happing i dnt knw
    how to install full sample database to my database ?

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  • hello sir, this is yeswanth, im working in a small it company, i have a small doubt, can i install sql server 2008 directly by downloading the software

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  • hi i would like if someone can sand me some tutorials or to tell me how to build a database for restaurant :)

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  • Veeresh kushwaha
    November 18, 2011 2:01 pm

    Hi Thanks for this

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  • sir while iam opening the sql2005 it will ask the password iam entering the password but it will be closed

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  • sir iam creating a database with name student in sql2008 i got an error at locate back up file iam not getting my data base on that so please help to solve this problem.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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