Is it possible to add the sample data to an already running Magento 2 system? Or is this only possible at install time?

If I run

php bin/magento sampledata:deploy

This will add the sample data modules to my composer.json file. This installs the modules into my system. However, it does not (seem to?) automatically deploy any of the products, users, etc.

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Looks like you are missing the: php bin/magento setup:upgrade

Which would actually do the install of the sample data according to http://devdocs.magento.com/guides/v2.0/install-gde/install/sample-data-after-composer.html

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