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SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) – November 2012 update

SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) has a new update:

VS 2010: new version 10.3.21101.1, September version: 10.3.20905.0, initial version: 10.3.20225.0

VS 2012: new version: 11.1.21101.1, September version: 11.1.20905.0, version shipped with VS 2012: 11.1.20627, initial version: 11.1.20225.0

Download it here.

Also updated is SSDT Power Tools.  Download it here.

What’s new in the SQL Server Data Tools?

Selective XML Index support

We’ve added support for selective XML indexes, enabling users to import, edit, add, refactor, build, and publish selective XML indexes in SSDT.

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Add new selective XML index in Table Designer

Check for SSDT Updates

This release adds support for automatic and manual checks for SSDT updates. You can view information about your current SSDT installation and verify that it’s up to date by selecting “Check for Updates…” under the top-level SQL menu in Visual Studio (NOT under the Help menu).

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Check for Updates dialog

This feature also notifies users when a newer version of SSDT is available for download.

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SSDT update notification

Updated Data-Tier Application Framework (DACFx)

SSDT – November 2012 includes the October DACFx redist (11.1.2816.0). The October DACFx release contains several feature enhancements and bug fixes outlined in this post: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ssdt/archive/2012/10/10/sql-server-data-tier-application-framework-october-2012-available.aspx

Updated SQL Server 2012 components

SSDT – November 2012 is coordinated with the release of SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 and it chains in the latest SQL Server components.

Bug fixes

This release contains over 30 bug fixes, including fixes for customer-reported issues from SSDT – September 2012.

More info:

SQL Server Data Tools – November 2012 is now available!

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