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Is SSDT only a client tool?


Is SSDT only a client tool?

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previn1980
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Sorry I'm a bit confused about SQL Server Data Tool (SSDT).

What I read on internet is this: "SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) is a toolset which provides an integrated environment for database developers to carry out all their database design work for any SQL Server platform (both on and off premise) within Visual Studio. Database developers can use the SQL Server Object Explorer in VS to easily create or edit database objects and data, or execute queries."

But what is not clear to me is: if I haven't installed a SQL Server engine (e.g. SQL Server 2012), how to and where SSDT run/execute DDL/DML queries and store my .mdf file??

What I want ask to you is: Do SSDT is only a client tool or it provide also a server engine for run/execute DDL/DML queries and store my .mdf file??

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It's a client tool. You provide connection information to it for an existing machine with SQL Engine installed on it.
Visaul Studio also keeps a LocalDB version which is only accessible to you through VS. I don't think that requires SQL Database Engine installed locally.
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Gazareth (8/11/2014)
I don't think that requires SQL Database Engine installed locally.


Indeed, you can work with SSDT just fine without having SQL Server installed.


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Cheers Koen, thought that was the case.
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