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Adding SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) to Visual Studio 2017

Are you a developer using Visual Studio 2017? Then you might need SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) to create, manage, and deploy SQL Server databases. In this article, we will guide you through the perplexing process of adding SSDT to Visual Studio 2017.

Step 1: Install SQL Server Data Tools

The first step is to download and install the latest version of SQL Server Data Tools from the Microsoft website. Make sure you select the appropriate version that matches your Visual Studio version.

Step 2: Modify Visual Studio

Next, modify your Visual Studio installation to include SSDT. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open Visual Studio 2017 and go to the Tools menu.
  2. Select the “Get Tools and Features” option. This will open the Visual Studio Installer.
  3. In the Visual Studio Installer, click on the “Modify” button for your version of Visual Studio.
  4. Scroll down to the “Data storage and processing” category.
  5. Check the box next to “SQL Server Data Tools” to select it.
  6. Click on the “Modify” button to start the installation.

Step 3: Confirm SSDT Installation

Once the setup is complete, confirm that SSDT is installed in Visual Studio. Here are the steps:

  1. Open Visual Studio 2017.
  2. Go to the File menu and select New Project.
  3. Expand the Installed Templates section and navigate to the SQL Server category.
  4. Here, you should see several project templates as well as options for creating a new SQL Server database.
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If you see these options, congratulations, you have successfully added SSDT to Visual Studio 2017.

Step 4: Create a New SQL Server Database Project

To create a new SQL Server database project, follow these steps:

  1. Open Visual Studio 2017.
  2. Go to the File menu and select New Project.
  3. Expand the Installed Templates section and navigate to the SQL Server category.
  4. Select the option for “SQL Server Database Project” and provide a name for your project.
  5. Click on the Create button to create the project.

Step 5: Configure Your SQL Server Connection

To configure your SQL Server connection for your new project, here’s what you should do:

  1. Right-click on your project in the Solution Explorer.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. In the SQL Server project properties window, expand the “Database Settings” section.
  4. Enter the connection details for your SQL Server instance in the “Target database connection” section.
  5. Click on the “Test Connection” button to ensure that the connection is working.

Step 6: Start Developing

With SSDT now integrated with Visual Studio 2017 and your SQL Server connection configured, you can start creating your SQL Server database. Use the various features of SSDT such as table, view or stored procedure creation to develop your database more efficiently.

In conclusion, the process of adding SSDT to Visual Studio 2017 may leave you scratching your head, but it is a simple one that can be completed in a few simple steps. After installation, you can create and manage your SQL Server databases comfortably with the powerful features of SSDT within the familiar interface of Visual Studio.

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