Before we can proceed, it is imperative to have Microsoft
SQL Server 2005 or 2008 installed completely. Also note that we should install
one of these editions:
SQL Server Standard Edition or Enterprise Editionà you will need Windows Server as OS
SQL Server Developer Edition à
You can use Windows XP as operating system.
If you do not want to buy one, you can simply get a trial
edition. Please do not use the express edition because it does not work.
After installing the server, you need to download the two
most famous databases for SQL server: Adventure Works and Adventure Works BI.
You can go to CodePlex (Microsoft Open Source Library) and download the
SQL Server databases.
Please note that you have to respect two things to follow up
You have to download the case insensitive database version.
You have to respect your SQL Server release you have installed.
Download the OLTP as well as the Data Warehouse database.
You can download the SQL Server 2005 version samples
You can download the SQL Server 2008 version sample here:
After you download the databases please proceed with their
installation by clicking the downloaded files.
Now we have to attach the databases installed. Proceed in
starting the SQL Server Management studio from the start menu. Or, you can
simply click Start à Run and type SQLWB
if you are using version 2005 or SSMS if you are using SQL Server 2008.
In my article I will be using SQL Server 2008.