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James is a big data and data warehousing technology specialist at Microsoft. He is a thought leader in the use and application of Big Data technologies, including MPP solutions involving hybrid technologies of relational data, Hadoop, and private and public cloud. Previously he was an independent consultant working as a Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence architect and developer. He is a prior SQL Server MVP with over 30 years of IT experience. James is a popular blogger ( and speaker, having presented at dozens of PASS events including the PASS Business Analytics conference and the PASS Summit. He is the author of the book “Reporting with Microsoft SQL Server 2012”. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Visual Studio 2012 does not support BI

In the same vein as my post Watch out, Visual Studio 2010 does not support BI, Visual Studio 2012 does not support BI.  Meaning, VS 2012 does not support SSAS, SSIS, or SSRS.  If you try to open one of those projects, you will be greeted with:

At least this is better than opening them and converting them to an unusable format, which is what happens when you try to open a VS 2008 BI project in VS 2010.

So, for now, to work with SSAS, SSIS, and SSRS projects you must use SSDT, which uses the Visual Studio 2010 shell.  Hopefully, there will be an update to SSDT in the next few months that uses the Visual Studio 2012 shell, without having to wait until the next version of SQL Server.  Note you can install SSDT/VS 2010 and VS 2012 on the same computer without any problems.

To see the projects that Visual Studio 2012 supports, check out Visual Studio 2012 RC Compatibility.


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