SQL Server Data Tools Preview in Visual Studio 2015
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Latest update: April, 2016
We recommend installing Visual Studio 2015 prior to applying this update. Installing this update will replace SSDT RTM in Visual Studio 2015 with the latest preview.
If you do not have Visual Studio 2015, SSDT preview will install Visual Studio 2015 Integrated shell and Visual Studio 2015 Isolated shell with limited feature support for SQL Server Database Projects.
Supported Operating Systems
Windows 10 (x86 and x64)
Windows 8, 8.1 (x86 and x64)
Windows 7 SP1 (x86 and x64)
Windows Server 2012 (x64), R2 (x64)
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (x64)
Download and Install SQL Server Data Tools Preview in Visual Studio 2015
Once downloaded, run the following command using an administrator command prompt (cmd.exe run as administrator):
SSDTSetup.exe /layout <destination>
Where <destination> is the location you wish to create the administrative install point (e.g on a USB drive, a LAN drive or other accessible location). NOTE: You will need approximately 1.8GB of free space at for the full install point because it includes all possible components that might be required.
To use the install point once created, simply run SSDTSetup.exe from the <destination> location with no arguments. This will use the install point rather than attempting to download new copies of the relevant chained components.
Download SSDT preview as an ISO image (optional)
An ISO image of SSDT preview can be used as an alternative way to install SSDT preview or to set up an Administrative Installation point. The ISO is a self-contained file that contains all of the components needed by SSDT preview and it can be downloaded using a restartable download manager, useful for situations with limited or less reliable network bandwidth. Once downloaded, the ISO can be mounted as a drive or burned to a DVD.