SQL Server Data Tools – September 2012 update is now available for download!

September 19, 2012

The SSDT team is pleased to announce that SQL
Server Data Tools – September 2012 update is now available for download!

Get it here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/data/hh297027

This release is the latest step in our team’s continued
commitment to delivering regular, frequent releases of SSDT to the web.

What’s New?

Visual Studio 2012

In keeping with our goal of supporting the most recent version
of Visual Studio, this release of SSDT supports the Visual Studio 2012
shell.  SSDT – September 2012 contains several bug fixes to the SSDT
version that shipped in Visual Studio 2012 and this release can be
applied  as an update on top of Visual Studio 2012 Professional, Premium,
and Ultimate Editions.  If one of these SKUs is not present on the box,
running the SSDT installer for Visual Studio 2012 will lay down a standalone
version of SSDT for the Visual Studio 2012 Integrated Shell.

Keep in mind that the underlying engine and functionality for
SSDT – September 2012 is the same for both Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Studio
2012, so you don’t need to upgrade to Visual Studio 2012 to use the latest
version of SSDT.  If you wish to have both shells of SSDT in your
environment, they can exist side by side and SSDT projects will successfully
round-trip between both shells.


Configuration Improvements

We received feedback that SSDT’s policy of creating a new
localdb instance for each SSDT solution was too verbose, so we created a single
localdb instance called Projects to host all the project debug databases. 
We’ve also enhanced SQL Server Object Explorer by surfacing the default localdb
instance and enabling the deletion of localdb instances.



In previous releases, SSDT didn’t support database objects with
non-standard ANSI_NULLS or QUOTED_IDENTIFIER properties.  SSDT – September
2012 has enabled this scenario by adding support for ANSI_NULLS and
QUOTED_IDENTIFIER properties on project and script files.


Data-Tier Application Framework

SSDT – September 2012 includes the latest redist of SQL Server
Data-Tier Application Framework (DACFx), which contains several feature
enhancements and bug fixes.  Most notably, the updated DACFx version
enables packaging and deploying data using SqlPackage.exe. You can learn more
about the new DACFx release here.


SSDT Power Tools

The September 2012 update is compatible with updated Power Tools
that include new features and support for both Visual Studio 2012 and Visual
Studio 2010 shells.

SSDT Power Tools for Visual Studio

SSDT Power Tools for Visual Studio


fixes to customer-reported issues

This release includes many bug fixes for issues reported by
customers using SSDT RTW or Visual Studio 2012 RTM.  Here are some of the
most impactful bugs that this release addresses:

Unable to override Publish Profile properties when using the msbuild command

Slow performance on “Add New Item” from SSDT project

Absence of debugger functionality due to errors in assembly registration

Publish fails with no message when “extended verification” is

SSDT overwrites Visual Studio shortcut on Windows8

Steps to edit and save a Publish Profile editor aren’t intuitive

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