Friday, October 4, 2013

Help! The Microsoft BIDS are gone?!

After doing a clean install of my pc I also wanted to install the BIDS(=Business Intelligence Designer Studio) to start some Microsoft Report Services development. But I couldn’t find a version for Visual Studio 2012? So where did it go and how should I develop SSIS, SSRS and SSAS stuff using VS 2012?

I discovered that with the 2012 release of SQL Server, the BIDS plugin for Visual Studio was renamed to SSDT, SQL Server Data Tools. SSDT is available for both Visual Studio 2010 and 2012. You no longer need the SQL Server installation media to install it but instead you can just download it from the Microsoft Download Center:

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You can use this version of the Data Tools to develop applications for both SQL 2008, SQL 2008 R2 and SQL 2012(and of course SQL Azure).

After installing it, some new templates are added to your Visual Studio:

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