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Bacpac file on GitHub can also be used to construct Wide World Database on SQL Server 2016

In my previous post I showed you how easy it is to bring the Wide World Importers (WWI) database into a named instance of SQL Server 2016 SP1 on your computer(desktop / laptop).

In this post I describe how you may construct the database on the named instance using a BacPac file.
If you have not used this kind of file please review the following link here.

In what follows I describe using the .bacpac file to construct the WWI database
Go here:
https://github.com/Microsoft/sql-server-samples/releases/tag/wide-world-importers-v1.0

Get this bacpac file:
Azure SQL Database Standard tier

    WideWorldImporters-Standard.bacpac - standard edition OLTP sample database in bacpac format. For Azure SQL Databases in the Standard tier.


Download the 58.4 MB file from the above site.


SQL Server 2016 SP1 like the other versions has a wizard to bring the database using a .bacpac file such the one you downloaded.

You invoke the wizard as shown in the next image and follow through.


bakpacWWI_01.png

Click Import Data-tier Applicaiton... to open the window shown in the next image.  Read the steps in this introductory page.


bakpacWWI_02.png

 Click Next. You click the Browse... button to locate the  indicated file. This is the location to which I saved the WideWorldImporters-Standard.bacpac file. 
It does not matter it is for Azure SQL Database.


bakpacWWI_03.png

After getting the file location from the location as shown in the next image proceed to next step.


bakpacWWI_04.png


After getting the file location in the wizard's interface (the image one above the previous) click Next.


bakpacWWI_05.png

 Just verify that the location for files are what you want. Herein defaults are accepted. You could browse and park elsewhere.

The database name was changed to WWI_Bacpac.

Click Next. The Summary of processing is presented as shown.


bakpacWWI_06.png


Click Next. The next four images shows the progress captured in images. Indexes are dropped and created, etc.

 bakpacWWI_07.png
 bakpacWWI_08.png
 bakpacWWI_09.png
bakpacWWI_10.png

Object explorer refreshed - last processing step.

The WWI database is imported successfully.

Here is the final verification of the import into the named instance.

bakpacWWI_10.png

This method of importing the database appears to be slower than the one in the previous post. as there is a lot of processing related to deconstructing and reconstructing the indexes.

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Jayaram Krishnaswamy is a technical writer, mostly writing articles that are related to the web and databases. He is the author of SQL Server Integration Services published by Packt Publishers in the UK. His book, 'Learn SQL Server Reporting Services 2008' was also published by Packt Publishers Inc, Birmingham. 3. "Microsoft SQL Azure Enterprise Application Development" (Dec 2010) was published by Packt Publishing Inc. 4. "Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch Business Application Development [Paperback] "(2011) was published by Packt Publishing Inc. 5. "Learning SQL Server Reporting Services 2012 [Paperback]" (June 2013) was Published by Packt Publishing Inc. Visit his blogs at: http://hodentek.blogspot.com http://hodentekHelp.blogspot.com http://hodnetekMSSS.blogspot.com http://hodnetekMobile.blogspot.com He writes articles on several topics to many sites.

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