Adding Adventure-Works sample database

October 27, 2012

Just I was done with my SQL Server installation  all that I need now is a sample database to work on. And this requires to download the sample DB that is available from the Microsoft Corporation to be used as sample DB.

All I had to do was to follow the below simple sequence of steps,

  1. Download the AdventureWorks 2008 OLTP, @ the link,
  2. Copy all the files in the downloaded zip to any folder location, I just copied the files to the location – ‘C:\AdventureWorks 2008 OLTP Script’
  3. And now all we have to do is open the ’instawdb.sq’ at the location C:\{AdventureWorks 2008 OLTP Script Path}\ with the SQL Servre management studio.
  4. The script available has to be edited as per the need, as I have done below, uncomment the variables
  5. Set the variable SqlSampleDatabasePath to the Data folder location which is mostly by default “C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL10_50.MSSQLSERVER\MSSQL\DATA\” and also set the SqlSampleSourceDataPath to “C:\AdventureWorks 2008 OLTP Script\”, the location where you have your .CSV files placed.
  6. Do not forget to set the Query mode in Query menu to SQLCMD mode as below,
  7. Execute the query now and we are done, to see the sample database AdventureWorks2008 installed into our SQL Server. Share this to help some one.

    This results in the AdventureWorks2008 sample Database added to our SQL Server,



One Response to “Adding Adventure-Works sample database”

  1. Kemal Says:

    Thank you very much!!!!!!!!!

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