Create a Visual Basic SMO Project in Visual Studio .NET

This section describes how to build a simple SMO console application.

This example imports namespaces, which enables the program to reference SMO types. The import of the Agent namespace is optional. Use it when you are writing a program that uses SQL Server Agent. The Common namespace is required to establish a secure connection to the instance of SQL Server. The SqlClient namespace is used to process SQL exception errors.

Creating a Visual Basic SMO project in Visual Studio.NET

  1. Start Visual Studio 2008 (or Visual Studio 2005).

  2. On the File menu, click New Project. The New Project dialog box appears.

  3. In Project Types dialog box, select Visual Basic, and then select Windows. In the Visual Studio Installed Templates pane, select Console Application.

  4. (Optional) In the Name field, type the name of the new application.

  5. Click OK to load the Visual Basic console application template.

  6. On the Project menu, select Add Reference. The Add Reference dialog box appears.

  7. Click Browse, locate the SMO assemblies in the C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\110\SDK\Assemblies folder, and then select the following files. These are the minimum files that are required to build an SMO application:






    Use the Ctrl key to select more than one file.

  8. Add any additional SMO assemblies that are required. For example, if you are specifically programming Service Broker, add the following assemblies:


  9. Click Open.

  10. On the View menu, click Code.-Or-Select the Module1.vb window to show the code window.

  11. In the code, before any declarations, type the following Imports statements to qualify the types in the SMO namespace.

    Imports Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo
    Imports Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Common
  12. SMO has various namespaces under Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo, such as Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.Agent. Add these namespaces as they are required.

  13. You can now add your SMO code.