SQL Server Data Tools – November 2012 is now available!

Charles Sterling

The SQL Data Tools Team (Gert Draper aka the “Data dude”’s team)  is pleased to share with us that SSDT – November 2012 update is now available for download.

SSDT for Visual Studio 2012: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/jj650015

SSDT for Visual Studio 2010: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/jj650014

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.


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.


Check for Updates dialog

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


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.

Power Tools Compatibility

The November 2012 update of SSDT is only compatible with the latest SSDT Power Tools (v 1.4). Please note that if you have an existing version of SSDT Power Tools, it will need to be upgraded in order to work with SSDT – November 2012.

SSDT Power Tools for Visual Studio 2012

SSDT Power Tools for Visual Studio 2010

Contact the SQL Data Team

If you have any questions or feedback, please visit their forum


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