Christian Buettner-167247 (1/29/2013) bitbucket-25253 (1/29/2013)
A lot of people are complaining about not having SQL Server 2012 or Adventureworks on production machines. I have a test/dev VM with SQL Server 2012 SP1 and both the Adventureworks2012 and AdventureworksDW2012 databases. I would have thought this would be something SQL Server professionals should all do so that you can start to become familiar with the new functionality prior to any potential upgrade of your systems, or even just to keep your skills up to date. If not then this question might be useful in that it serves as a prompt to do that. If you can't install stuff at work and you don't want to do it on your off time, then why not get a free cloud trial with Azure or something else so you can try it out. I'm pretty sure I've read Steve Jones suggesting exactly that a few times.
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1. Deny the problem
2. Blame it on the customer
What does that remind me of? Oh yes, customer service in general...
Don't get me wrong, I honor the fact that you submitted this QOTD (and the many great questions from you before this one, and the ones that are about to come). But I think this one went in the wrong direction.
But maybe I have misinterpreted it. Because I was under the impression that it tries to teach you how to use Choose, not how to become a "SQL Server professional" by reviewing AdventureWorks during QOTDs.
1) I think you've taken me out of context here, that quote is not my entire reply. My first comments were assuming that he had made a mistake in the question and I think it's fair to give him the benefit of the doubt.
2) I don't think you are a customer here considering this is free, it's an opportunity to learn, and if you work in the SQL Server space and are keen on continuous learning then Adventureworks should be very familiar to you. It's the common ground we have to provide examples to each other without revealing sensitive corporate data.
Again, if you can't afford it or don't have the space for 2012 dev/express/MSDN free, get a test account on one of the cloud providers. If you don't have time for that then fair enough, but surely that is your decision, unless of course you are an indentured DBA.