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Inside Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2005, Fourth Edition by Kalen Delaney

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Sample Databases

Prior to SQL Server 2005, the installation program automatically installed sample databases so you would have some actual data for exploring SQL Server functionality. As part of Microsoft’s efforts to tighten security, SQL Server 2005 does not automatically install any sample databases. However, three sample databases are widely available.

AdventureWorks

The AdventureWorks database was created by the Microsoft User Education group as an example of what a "real" database might look like. It is an optional component that you can choose to install during the installation process. The database was designed to showcase SQL Server 2005 features, in particular the organization of objects into different schemas. The design is also highly ...

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