To install the AdventureWorks databases, all that’s required is to attach them in SQL Server Management Studio 2012.

  • Go to Start | All Programs | Microsoft SQL Server 2012, and click SQL Server Management Studio.
  • Copy the MDF files to a folder where you want to store the attached databases.
  • A recommended location is with the rest of the databases in SQL Server 2012, in the
  • C:Program FilesMicrosoft SQL ServerMSSQL11.MSSQLSERVERMSSQLDATA folder.
  • Be sure to check the MDF files are not blocked after downloading.
  • To do this, right-click each MDF file, click Properties, and if there’s an Unblock button in the General tab, below the Advanced button, click it to unblock.
  • In SSMS, type the name of the server (or localhost if on the same machine), and click Connect.
  • In Object Explorer, right-click the Databases node, and click Attach.
  • Click Add, and then browse and select the MDF database file. Click OK.
  • Select the entry that’s of Log File Type in the database details,
  • and click Remove.
  • Click OK to attach the database.

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