5 Steps to Get Your NFL Database Up and Running
Step 1: Download and Install SQL Server Express
Download and Install SQL Server Express. The Basic Installation is all you will need.
Step 2: Download and Install SSMS
SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) is needed to connect to your SQL Server Express database. Download SSMS and follow the prompts for installing.
Step 3: Download and extract the NFL Database backup file
Download the backup copy of the NFL Database. Once it has downloaded extract the file NFL_Data.bak from the zip folder.
Step 4: Open the SQL Server Express database
You’ve installed SSMS and need to open it. Once the Studio is open you can connect to the installed database. In the Server Name dropdown select <Browse for more…>
The list of available databases will display. Select the SQL Server Express database you just installed.
Step 5: Restore the NFL Database backup file
Right-click on Database in the Object Explorer.
Click on “Restore Database…”
In the Restore Database screen Select “Device” and click on the 3 dots to select the backup file.
On the Select Backup Devices screen select “Add” and locate the NFL_Data.bak file you downloaded.
Select “Files” on the left side in Select a page and click the button to “Relocate all the files to folder”
You can now click OK to restore the database! You should see a Success message once the restore is complete.
You can now view the files in the Object Explorer!