Saturday, December 15, 2012

December Update to SSDT

In December 2012 SSDT got updated. Here are some details:

If you are planning to use Visual Studio 2012 you are better off installing the December 2012 update. The December 2012 update to SSDT relates to what you have on your computer in terms of Visual Studio version.

1. If you already have Professional, Ultimate or Premium Edition of Visual Studio 2012 and agreed to install SSDT during installation then the machine will have an earlier version of SSDT. This update will replace the version with the latest.

2. If you do not have Visual Studio Professional or above SSDT will install the Visual Studio 2012 Integrated Shell. This Shell perform very much like the BIDS in the past and you will not be able to do programming as it neither include any Visual Studio programming languages such as VB or C# nor does it support the various types of projects that you can create with the non-shell, full versions of Visual Studio Professional and above. This December update updates the functionality of Express SKUs of Visual Studio 2012. The following are the improvements over the previous version:

Database Unit Testing

Integration of SSDT Power Tools

Updated Data-Tier Application Framework

Bug fixes


If Visual Studio Professional or above is present, SSDT will be integrated with the existing VS program. However SP1 must be manually installed before installing the update.

If VS Professional or above SSDT is not present SSDT installs only the Visual Studio 2010 Integrated Shell. SP1 must first be installed before installing the SSDT (However when the blogger used the web installer the SP1 was already in place). The shell as the name suggests contains only SSDT related items and does not include programming languages such as VB and C#.
Program installed in July 2012 using web installer

The following are the improvements over the previous version:

Database Unit Testing

Integration of SSDT Power Tools

Updated Data-Tier Application Framework

Bug fixes


The platforms that support the updated SSDT are:

Windows Vista SP2 or above

Windows 7 SP1 or above

Windows 8 RTM

Windows Server 2008 SP2 or above

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 or above

You can download SQL Server data tools for Visual Studio 2012 from this link:


Additionally you can get an ISO image or download SSDTSetup.exe to create an administrative install point if there is no internet access. For details visit the previous link.