Blog covers all things for Microsoft SQL Server

Free Sample databases for SQL Server DBAs

Ok so what SQL Server DBA doesn’t need sample databases for various project testing and demonstrations? Microsoft SQL Server installs have stopped installing sample databases since SQL Server 2005. However, Microsoft and a few others have developed several different free sample databases for SQL Server.

Here’s a list of various free sample databases you can use with SQL Server. I have also listed some helpful articles related to the free sample databases.

Microsoft SQL Server Sample databases

City of Chicago Parking Ticket Data Sample Database – SQL Server format by Bob Pusateri

Thinking Big (Adventure) Sample Database from Adam Mechanic – 7 Sample Databases – 5 Sample Databases that are corrupt (SQL Server version dependent)

Chinook Sample Database available for SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, etc – Chris Woodruff

Stack Exchange Data Dump Sample Database

You get a free sample database! Everyone gets a free sample database! Right?

This blog post is permanently pinned here:


Whizlabs – 165 Practice Questions for Microsoft Azure Exam AZ 400 | Buy Now

Edureka – DevOps Training by Edureka Gain expertise in various Devops processes and tools like Puppet, Jenkins, Nagios, GIT for automating multiple steps in SDLC, Ansible, SaltStack, Chef. Know More!

Whizlabs – Practice Tests for Exam AZ-400: Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions

Whizlabs – Online Training for Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI ACP)® Certification Exam | Enroll Now

Edureka – Data Science Training by Edureka Drive Business Insights from Massive Data Sets Utilizing the Power of R Programming, Hadoop, and Machine Learning.

Ed2Go –Intermediate SQL – By the end of this course, you’ll be able to use a wide range of advanced SQL techniques with confidence.