New step-by-step instructions for installing sample databases

The new sample database installers which shipped at the end of October 2008 greatly simplify the installation process for the sample databases.  For one thing, there are only three installers to choose from instead of tens of installers.  Just pick the install that is right for the architecture of the machine you’ll be installing on…


Fault Retry provider and sample

Have you ever tried using high availability technology like SQL Server database mirroring and been surprised when your ADO.NET client didn’t seemlessly switch from the principal to the failover partner but instead reported an exception? The Fault Retry provider and sample ( may be your ticket to a smoother high availability experience.  This project demonstrates provides…


October 2008 SQL Server Samples Refresh

We’ve completed an October refresh of the SQL Server 2008 samples ( We’ve heard from you that the install experience for the databases was too complex and error prone.  In this refresh we’re providing a much simpler install experience with a lot fewer database installers to choose from.  Please let us know how you like this…


Your feedback

We’re currently creating plans around SQL community and samples for the next 12 months.  As we build these plans we want to make sure we’re addressing the issues that matter to you.  If you have any feedback on your experiences with our community programs or samples now would be a great time to send us…


SQL Server 2008 Samples are here!

SQL Server 2008 samples are now available at  That’s our portal page to many different product and community projects on CodePlex with samples for SQL Server.  On the releases tab of the portal page you’ll find installers for downloading all the code samples.  If you’re looking for the sample databases for SQL Server 2008,…


SQL Server 2008 is here!

Great news! SQL Server 2008 is now available for download for MSDN subscribers from  We’re putting the finishing touches on the samples and should have updated installers available for you in the next few days.  I’ll blog again when they are ready.  


SQLRSS: an open source project for creating an RSS feed from database changes

Have you ever wanted an RSS feed that displayed changes to a database? SQLRSS ( may be just the ticket for you.  This application uses the SQL Server 2008 feature called Change Data Tracking to gather changes made to the database (by any client) and then posts the changes to an RSS feed.  The RSS…


SQL Server 2008 RC0 is here!

SQL Server 2008 Release Candidate 0 (RC0) has shipped!  You can get RC0 from  After you’ve installed SQL Server 2008, try out the latest batch of samples and sample databases at  New for this release is the rest of the AdventureWorks 2008 family of sample databases including AWAS2008 (the analysis services database) and…


SQL Heroes Contest

There is a community sample contest just kicking off now.  Contribute the sources for a tool or sample you think would benefit the SQL Server community and you could win a home server! The rules are at 


The AdventureWorks 2008 Family of Sample Databases

There is a new AdventureWorks family of sample databases available for SQL Server 2008 February CTP at  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…