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Installing sample databases

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Although SQL Server installs a lot of pieces during that whole long-winded install procedure, sample databases are not one of them, but we can get them. I'm going to open up a browser and go to the address sqlserversamples.codeplex.com. Codeplex.com is a web site where a Microsoft put a whole bunch of extensions and downloadable options you can find for SQL Server and other things. And on this page, you will find product code samples for SQL Server 2008, but the things that I'm looking for are the AdventureWorks 2008R2 sample databases.

Installing sample databases

Although SQL Server installs a lot of pieces during that whole long-winded install procedure, sample databases are not one of them, but we can get them. I'm going to open up a browser and go to the address sqlserversamples.codeplex.com. Codeplex.com is a web site where a Microsoft put a whole bunch of extensions and downloadable options you can find for SQL Server and other things. And on this page, you will find product code samples for SQL Server 2008, but the things that I'm looking for are the AdventureWorks 2008R2 sample databases.

If you've been working with Microsoft technologies for a few years, you might be familiar with the classic sample databases that Microsoft have had like Northwind and Pubs. AdventureWorks is the company that they came up with a few years ago and I'm going to go and click the link that says they can be downloaded from here. They're a lot bigger than the old Northwind and Pubs sample databases ever were. And if I agree to this, I'm going to download these AdventureWorks sample databases.

And once it's downloaded, I'm going to go ahead and run this. Of course, we don't have to install these databases, but it will give us something to play around with when we are writing bits of SQL later on. It will unzip a bunch of files and then run just a little installer that will allow you to go ahead and basically import those. It's not quite the right word, but it'll do for the time being, import them into our default installation of SQL Server. You'll notice that there is a few markers here, that there are certain things that say manually deploy via BIDS after install.

These are for the more advanced OLAP databases for analytical processing being use by Analysis Services. I'm not really going to attach these in this course. What I'm really just interested in are the AdventureWorks OLTP and perhaps the data warehouse ones. I'm going to go ahead and install. And after several minutes you should get to the finish screen. I'm just going to hit Finish and we should be done. Of course I want to prove this, so I'm going to close down my browser and go back and open up SQL Server Management Studio, connect to the local machine, and expand Databases and see what we can find, and there we go.

We've got AdventureWorks, AdventureWorks data warehouse, and the light versions of it. And I could even start to expand these and now I'll see inside AdventureWorks. I have tables, which I can expand, which will have data about employees and people and productions and bill of materials. This is all sample information of course. I could select the HumanResources.Employee table. We'll talk much more about what this is in the moment. I'm going to right-click it and save Select Top 1000 Rows and I'll finally see that we have indeed some data that's being stored in our SQL Server database that certainly seems like we could start to manipulate it and play around with it.

So even though we're going to get on to creating our own databases, having the AdventureWorks databases in here in SQL Server will certainly make it useful when it comes to talking about examples of retrieving and updating information. Now you'll notice that this particular SQL Server, what we call the instance of SQL Server and this is the default instance, itself is containing multiple databases. In this case we have AdventureWorks is a database that itself contains dozens of tables.

AdventureWorksDW is another one. AdventureWoksDW2008R2, AdventureWorksLT, ReportServer, ReportServerTempDB, and we have the system databases. And it's an important distinction to make, because it's very common that people talk about SQL Server as if it's a database. They say that very generic term. And of course SQL Server is not a database. SQL Server is your database server that itself can contain dozens of databases. You might only be interested in making one database for yourself, but you could have many.

So there is very much a distinction between the databases you have and the instance of SQL Server that holds those databases. And because these databases are independent of each other, if you wanted to, you could go through and delete them or do what's called detaching them, meaning we just don't care about them anymore. I'm not going to do that right now, because I do want to work with them later but you certainly could do that later on.

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SQL Server 2008 Essential Training

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  1. 2m 21s
    1. Welcome
      1m 19s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 2s
  2. 17m 58s
    1. SQL Server core concepts
      9m 4s
    2. SQL Server editions
      3m 8s
    3. Applications included with SQL Server
      5m 46s
  3. 26m 1s
    1. Preparing for installation
      3m 44s
    2. Creating service accounts
      2m 33s
    3. Installing SQL Server
      11m 42s
    4. Post-installation checks
      3m 9s
    5. Installing sample databases
      4m 53s
  4. 13m 35s
    1. Introduction to SQL Server Management Studio
      8m 7s
    2. Introduction to SQL Server Books Online
      3m 6s
    3. SQL Server system databases
      2m 22s
  5. 1h 26m
    1. Planning your database
      9m 39s
    2. Creating a SQL Server database
      4m 7s
    3. Creating tables
      7m 51s
    4. Data types in SQL Server
      12m 25s
    5. Defining keys
      8m 9s
    6. Creating default values
      4m 39s
    7. Creating check constraints
      2m 25s
    8. Creating unique constraints
      4m 34s
    9. Introduction to relationships and foreign keys
      9m 51s
    10. Creating relationships in SQL Server Management Studio
      8m 14s
    11. Database normalization
      11m 47s
    12. Creating computed columns
      3m 10s
  6. 23m 11s
    1. Using the SQL Server Import and Export Wizard
      3m 58s
    2. Importing Excel files into SQL Server
      6m 11s
    3. Importing CSV files into SQL Server
      5m 27s
    4. Importing Access databases into SQL Server
      7m 35s
  7. 55m 29s
    1. Introduction to Transact-SQL
      3m 43s
    2. Using SELECT statements
      7m 16s
    3. Changing the default database
      2m 21s
    4. Creating conditions in SQL
      8m 10s
    5. Sorting your output
      3m 23s
    6. Using aggregate functions
      7m 12s
    7. Finding unique values
      2m 14s
    8. Joining multiple tables together
      8m 0s
    9. Using subqueries
      9m 33s
    10. Viewing execution plans
      3m 37s
  8. 19m 36s
    1. Writing INSERT statements
      5m 47s
    2. Writing UPDATE statements
      4m 38s
    3. Writing DELETE statements
      2m 54s
    4. Using the OUTPUT clause to return inserted keys and GUIDs
      6m 17s
  9. 32m 52s
    1. Introduction to SQL functions
      6m 26s
    2. Using SQL configuration functions
      2m 14s
    3. Using string functions
      7m 26s
    4. Using date functions
      6m 27s
    5. Creating user-defined functions
      10m 19s
  10. 28m 46s
    1. Introduction to stored procedures
      4m 23s
    2. Creating stored procedures
      11m 23s
    3. Introducing transactions
      4m 23s
    4. Creating transactions
      8m 37s
  11. 16m 39s
    1. Understanding and creating indexes
      6m 32s
    2. Monitoring and rebuilding indexes
      6m 0s
    3. Monitoring database size and integrity
      4m 7s
  12. 11m 41s
    1. Creating backups
      4m 21s
    2. Creating differential backups and using backup compression
      3m 40s
    3. Restoring databases
      3m 40s
  13. 17m 40s
    1. Introduction to SQL Server security and permissions
      5m 54s
    2. Adding a Windows user to the database
      5m 7s
    3. Creating SQL Server logins and switching authentication modes
      6m 39s
  14. 36m 41s
    1. Introduction to SQL Server Reporting Services
      2m 52s
    2. Connecting to the Report Manager
      4m 29s
    3. Using Report Builder
      12m 4s
    4. Formatting values in reports
      4m 17s
    5. Adding indicators to reports
      5m 11s
    6. Adding charts to reports
      3m 54s
    7. Working with report security
      3m 54s
  15. 24m 41s
    1. Introduction to SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)
      1m 57s
    2. Using Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS)
      6m 59s
    3. Creating and executing a simple SSIS package
      7m 35s
    4. Importing packages into SQL Server Management Studio
      3m 21s
    5. Scheduling jobs with SQL Server Agent
      4m 49s
  16. 31s
    1. Goodbye
      31s

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