Download SQL Server 2012 Sample Databases including AdventureWorks Database
SQL Server 2012 sample database download links (AdventureWorks database) are updated with every SQL Server 2012 release in this guide
Microsoft has released the final version of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 RTM, adter Community Technology Preview (CTP) beta versions of most recent version of MS SQL Server.
During the release schedule of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 till the RTM release date SQL Server 2012 sample databases are being more required for SQL Server administrators and T-SQL programmers.
In order to apply the enhancements in Microsoft SQL Server 2012, a sample database like AdventureWorks or Northwind is preferred by SQL Server professionals to test and use sample databases for SQL Server 2012 as a sandbox environment.
If you will ask a T-SQL or SQL Server question to members of a database community, I believe that it a necessity to use MS SQL Server 2012 sample databases for sample data of your SQL question.
Because when you publish a sql script on one of these database forums, audience of your post should be able to reproduce the same output from your sql script easily.
And this is possible only if both parts have the same data, which is only possible if both parts install SQL Server 2012 sample databases like AdventureWorks sample database.
SQL Server professional who have already download SQL Server 2012, Denali and install SQL Server 2012, are now ready to download sample databases for MS SQL Server 2012.
SQL Server 2012 sample database download :
You can download Microsoft SQL Server 2012 sample databases and install these databases (including Adventureworks sample database) from CodePlex
Although there were only two sample databases for SQL Server Denali CTP 1, now there are more than 10 sample database downloads for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 RTM in the target sample databases list.
AdventureWorks2012_Data.mdf data file is main OLTP database sample data file among other sample database files.
After you download AdventureWorks sample database for Microsoft SQL Server 2012, you can refer to sql tutorial How to Attach Database in SQL Server 2012 in order to attach database AdventureWorks to SQL Server 2012 instance.
If you plan to download AdventureWorks SQL Denali sample databases to use other SQL Server versions than Microsoft SQL Server 2012 CTP 1, these sample SQL databases cannot be installed other versions than SQL Server 2012.
Please read Download AdventureWorks Sample Database for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 for SQL2008 sample databases.
You can refer to AdventureWorks Database - Download Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Sample Databases for SQL Server 2008 R2.