SQL Server Data Tools Team Blog

Official team blog for SSDT, a tool for on- and off-premises database development

Announcing the General Availability (GA) Release of SSDT 17.0 (April 2017)

We are pleased to announce that SQL Server Data Tools 17.0 is officially released and supported for...

Author: Ken Van Hyning [MSFT] Date: 04/19/2017

SQL Server Data Tools 17.0 RC, and SSDT in VS2017

It's been a busy few months for SSDT with multiple Release Candidate releases of the 17.0 major...

Author: Kevin Cunnane [MSFT] Date: 03/10/2017

SQL Server Data Tools 16.5 Release

The SQL Server Data Tools team is pleased to announce an update for SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) is...

Author: Udeesha Gautam Date: 10/20/2016

SQL Server Data Tools 16.4 Release

The SQL Server Data Tools team is pleased to announce an update for SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) is...

Author: Kevin Cunnane [MSFT] Date: 09/20/2016

Schema Compare in SqlPackage and the Data-Tier Application Framework (DACFx)

In the most recent version of SqlPackage.exe and the Data-Tier Application Framework (DACFx), we...

Author: Steven Green [MSFT] Date: 09/20/2016

SqlPackage.exe: How to get detailed information about supported parameters

Recently we have received questions about sqlpackage.exe and its supported parameters. In this blog...

Author: Eric S. Kang [MSFT] Date: 09/07/2016

Releasing SSDT with Visual Studio “15” Preview 4 and introducing SSDT MSBuild NuGet package

Today marks the release of Visual Studio “15” Preview 4. The SQL Server Data Tools team is happy to...

Author: Abbie Petchtes Date: 08/22/2016

Part 5. Use your own Build and Deployment Agent

This blog is part 5 of Automate Build and Deployment of Azure SQL Database with Continuous...

Author: Abbie Petchtes Date: 08/22/2016

SQL Server Data Tools 16.3 Release

The SQL Server Data Tools team is pleased to announce an update for SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) is...

Author: Eric S. Kang [MSFT] Date: 08/15/2016

SQL Server Data Tools July Update

The SQL Server Data Tools team is pleased to announce an update for SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) is...

Author: Kevin Cunnane [MSFT] Date: 06/30/2016

Changes to SSDT and SqlPackage.exe installation and updates

A major benefit of the new SQL Server is that you don't need to wait years to get new features....

Author: Kevin Cunnane [MSFT] Date: 06/30/2016

SQL Server Data Tools GA update for June 2016

The SQL Server Data Tools team is pleased to announce an update for SSDT General Availability (GA)...

Author: Abbie Petchtes Date: 06/01/2016

SQL Server Data Tools Preview update for April 2016

The SQL Server Data Tools team is pleased to announce an update for SSDT Preview is now available....

Author: Abbie Petchtes Date: 04/15/2016

Automate Build and Deployment of Azure SQL Database with Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment

One of key benefits of developing database with SSDT is you can easily integrate Application...

Author: Eric S. Kang [MSFT] Date: 04/06/2016

Part 1. Prerequisite for Azure SQL Database Build and Deployment Automation

This blog is part 1 of Automate Build and Deployment of Azure SQL Database with Continuous...

Author: Eric S. Kang [MSFT] Date: 04/06/2016

Part 2. Automate Building Azure SQL Database with Continuous Integration

This blog is part 2 of Automate Build and Deployment of Azure SQL Database with Continuous...

Author: Eric S. Kang [MSFT] Date: 04/06/2016

Part 3. Create Nuget package for Azure SQL Database

This blog is part 3 of Automate Build and Deployment of Azure SQL Database with Continuous...

Author: Eric S. Kang [MSFT] Date: 04/06/2016

Part 4. Orchestrate Azure SQL Database Release with Continuous Deployment

This blog is part 4 of Automate Build and Deployment of Azure SQL Database with Continuous...

Author: Eric S. Kang [MSFT] Date: 04/06/2016

Special update: SSDT Preview Update with SQL Server 2016 RC2 support

Update: Now that SSDT is GA, please go to the main SSDT download page to get SSDT. The post below...

Author: Eric S. Kang [MSFT] Date: 04/05/2016

SQL Server Data Tools Preview update for Feb 2016

The SQL Server Data Tools team is pleased to announce an update for SSDT Preview is now available....

Author: Eric S. Kang [MSFT] Date: 03/07/2016

SQL Server Data Tools Preview update for January 2016

The SQL Server Data Tools team is pleased to announce an update for SSDT Preview is now available....

Author: Eric S. Kang [MSFT] Date: 02/04/2016

SQL Server Data Tools Preview update for December 2015

The SQL Server Data Tools team is pleased to announce an update for SSDT Preview is now available....

Author: Eric S. Kang [MSFT] Date: 12/16/2015

SQL Server Data Tools Preview update for November 2015

The SQL Server Data Tools team is pleased to announce an update for SSDT Preview is now available....

Author: Eric S. Kang [MSFT] Date: 12/01/2015

SQL Server Data Tools Preview update for October 2015

The SQL Server Data tools team is pleased to announce an update for SSDT Preview is now available....

Author: Eric S. Kang [MSFT] Date: 10/26/2015

SQL Server Data Tools Preview update for September 2015

Today we announce the latest preview of SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT). The September preview update...

Author: Eric S. Kang [MSFT] Date: 09/30/2015

SQL Server Data Tools Preview update for August 2015

The SQL Server Data Tools team is pleased to announce an update for SSDT Preview is now available....

Author: Eric S. Kang [MSFT] Date: 09/01/2015

SQL Server Data Tools RTM update for July 2015

The SQL Server Data Tools team is pleased to announce an update for SSDT RTM is now available....

Author: Steven Green [MSFT] Date: 06/29/2015

SSDT June 2015 Preview

Today we announce the latest preview of SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT). It is the first release from...

Author: Kevin Cunnane [MSFT] Date: 06/24/2015

SQL Server Data Tools Update for May 2015

The SQL Server Data Tools team is pleased to announce an update for SSDT is now available. This...

Author: Kevin Cunnane [MSFT] Date: 05/18/2015

Presentation: Best Practices for multi-environment database development

A few months ago our team presented at the SQLBits XIV conference. The topic was Best Practices for...

Author: Kevin Cunnane [MSFT] Date: 05/05/2015

Data-Tier Application Framework Update for May 2015

The SQL Server Data Tools team is pleased to announce an update for the Data-tier Application...

Author: Kevin Cunnane [MSFT] Date: 04/29/2015

DacSamples Moves from CodePlex to GitHub

The DacSamples project is moving from CodePlex to GitHub under the new name...

Author: Lonny.Bastien Date: 03/19/2015

SQL Server Data Tools and Data-Tier Application Framework Update for February 2015

The SQL Server Data Tools team is pleased to announce an update for SQL Server Data Tools in Visual...

Author: Steven Green [MSFT] Date: 03/02/2015

New Advanced Publish Options to Specify Object Types to Exclude or Not Drop

Our team has been hard at work these past few months, and we're thrilled to announce that the most...

Author: Steven Green [MSFT] Date: 02/23/2015

SQL Server Database Tooling Preview Release for the latest Azure SQL Database Update V12 (preview)

We are excited to announce the release of the Preview of Microsoft® SQL Server Database Tooling in...

Author: Jing Sun Date: 12/18/2014

SQL Server database tooling November update

We’d like to announce the availability of the latest November 2014 release of SQL Server...

Author: Jill McClenahan Date: 11/13/2014

Presentation on Visual Studio Database Projects Integration with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server

This post contains the slide deck from a recent presentation on how to integrate Visual Studio...

Author: Lonny.Bastien Date: 08/04/2014

SQL Server Database Projects and Team Foundation Build

This post provides walkthroughs that discuss the use of SQL Server Database Projects (.sqlproj...

Author: Steven Green [MSFT] Date: 07/24/2014

Creating an administrative install of SSDT update for Visual Studio 2013

Since we are offering our VS2013 update via the Visual Studio update channel, there aren't any...

Author: Jill McClenahan Date: 07/23/2014

MSBuild support for Schema Compare is available

Schema compare is one of the most important Visual Studio SQL Server tooling components. As of our...

Author: Emma Yin Date: 07/15/2014

SQL Server Data Tools July Update

We’d like to announce the availability of the latest July 2014 release of SSDT. This update is...

Author: Jill McClenahan Date: 07/14/2014

Developing Enterprise SQL Server Features in Visual Studio database tooling

SQL Server 2014 introduced a number of new enterprise features. The most notable of these are memory...

Author: Kevin Cunnane [MSFT] Date: 03/30/2014

SQL Server Data Tools for SQL Server 2014 is available

We’d like to announce the availability of the latest March 2014 release of SSDT with support...

Author: Kevin Cunnane [MSFT] Date: 03/25/2014

SSDT and Visual Studio versions

Hello all, there have been some questions around our support for various Visual Studio versions and...

Author: Jill McClenahan Date: 01/30/2014

Updated SQL Server Data Tools January 2014

The SSDT January 2014 release has been updated to support both SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data...

Author: Jill McClenahan Date: 01/27/2014

DacFx Public Model Tutorial

Recently there has been an increasing interest in extending the capabilities of SSDT and DacFx. The...

Author: Kevin Cunnane [MSFT] Date: 12/23/2013

SQL Server Data Tools for SQL Server 2014 CTP2 is available

We’d like to announce the availability of SSDT that supports SQL Server 2014 databases. SQL...

Author: Jill McClenahan Date: 10/25/2013

Updated SQL Server Data Tools October 2013

The October 2013 release contains an updated installer that does not fail due to certificate...

Author: Jill McClenahan Date: 10/10/2013

Known issue: SSDT install fails validating certificates

We are aware of a new issue today where installing SSDT will fail with the following message "A...

Author: Jill McClenahan Date: 10/08/2013

Updated Sql Server Data Tools for September 2013

The September 2013 release has a targeted fix for the Schema Compare error when working with large...

Author: Jill McClenahan Date: 09/17/2013

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