The AdventureWorks 2008 Family of Sample Databases

There is a new AdventureWorks family of sample databases available for SQL Server 2008 February CTP at https://www.codeplex.com/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ProjectName=MSFTDBProdSamples.  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…

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December 2006 SQL Server 2005 Samples Web Refresh

Ever wanted to install the SQL Server 2005 samples on Vista? If so, I recommend using the lastest sample installers at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=e719ecf7-9f46-4312-af89-6ad8702e4e6e&displaylang=en which we’ve recently updated for the December 2006 samples web refresh.  The bits that get installed are identical to the July 2006 web refresh except these installers are supported on Vista.  To run these…

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The April 2006 Samples Refresh is Live!

Check out the April 2006 samples refresh live at http://msdn.microsoft.com/sql/downloads/samples/default.aspx! There are lots of bug fixes, plus some new samples.  The documentation in SQL Server Database and Samples Overview presents a list of the new samples and what they do, as well as documenting the existing samples.  There have been no significant database changes for the…

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Samples in or out of the box?

For the next release of SQL Server we’re thinking of just shipping sample code on the web, instead of shipping on the web and also in the SQL Server box on a CD as we have done in the past.  Questions: Have you installed SQL Server Samples? Where did you install from (off the CD…

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SQL Server 2005 SP2 is Here!

SQL Server 2005 SP2 released to the web today.  You can find it here:  http://www.microsoft.com/sql/sp2.mspx Note that the serivce pack does not update the samples.  You’ll need to download the updated samples separately from here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=e719ecf7-9f46-4312-af89-6ad8702e4e6e&displaylang=en.  There is a link from the SP2 page to this samples download.  Be sure to delete and then uninstall…

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SQL Server 2008 Samples are here!

SQL Server 2008 samples are now available at http://codeplex.com/SqlServerSamples.  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,…

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October 2008 SQL Server Samples Refresh

We’ve completed an October refresh of the SQL Server 2008 samples (http://CodePlex.com/SqlServerSamples). 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…

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Start at the beginning: SQL Server Samples 101

Welcome everyone! The purpose of this blog is to chat about the samples and sample databases for Microsoft SQL Server.  I’ll be talking about some of the cool samples already shipping, and let you know about updates and new samples as time goes by.  Please participate by sending in feedback on existing samples and suggestions…

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SQL Server 2008 SR4 sample database installer available

Based on the success of the new sample databases installer we created for SQL Server 2008R2, we’ve created a new samples refresh (SR4) for SQL Server 2008 on CodePlex at http://msftdbprodsamples.codeplex.com/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=37109.  This is a much simpler and more robust installer which allows you to select the databases that can be successfully installed, and also provides…

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A New Day for SQL Server Samples

We’ve been discussing with customers and partners and with people inside Microsoft about how we can improve accessibility to the sample code, and move samples into a more community based approach.  As a result of all these discussions, we’re moving to a new form of releasing samples, and a new way of including you into…

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