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Few days ago, I received DM asking What is an AdventureWorks database and why in all the examples I use that instead of any other database (e.g. Pubs or Northwind)? As matter of fact, when I went back to my question list, which I have yet not answered, there were a few more variations of this same question.
AdventureWorks is a Sample Database shipped with SQL Server and it can be downloaded from http://www.codeplex.com/ site.
AdventureWorks has replaced Northwind and Pubs from the sample database in SQL Server 2005.
The Microsoft team keeps updating the sample database as they release new versions.
Here are some quick links:
AdventureWorks SQL Server 2008 SR4
I have previously written few other articles on the same subject; you can find them easily here: Search@SQLAuthority.com
Here is a video which discussing how to install AdventureWorks Database:
UPDATE: Everybody knows Buck Woody (Blog | Twitter)! Buck has written excellent reference article regarding The SQL Server Sample Databases here. I strongly suggest to check that out.
Reference: Pinal Dave (https://blog.sqlauthority.com)