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By all accounts, the introduction of SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) in SQL Server 2012 was a watershed moment for many SQL Server developers. For better or for worse, SSDT as an IDE for business intelligence development changed – amongst other things – the way we deployed our SSIS packages (i.e. package vs project deployments), simplified Tabular Model development, and also introduced us to the SSISDB. Likewise the replacement of Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS) with SSDT had its detractors who were noticeably not very happy that in addition to installing SQL Server 2012 you still had to do a separate download and installation of BI templates for SSDT (previously, BI templates in BIDS were available as soon as you installed SQL Server 2005/2008). Although SSDT-BI is still being offered as a separate installation, subsequent releases of SSDT have included several enhancements changes that should go a long way to winning the hearts of its critics. In this article we conduct a comparative analysis of all versions (up until 16.5) of SSDT and identify all the major improvements that have been introduced in the BI templates.

Build enterprise-ready analytic solutions to deliver meaningful insights using familiar data visualization tools, such as Power BI and Excel. Create a single version of the truth across different data sources with multidimensional or tabular models. Choose your deployment method with Azure Analysis Services and SQL Server Analysis Services. Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS) BIDS is the tool that we use to develop SSIS packages. It provides an intuitive interface based on Microsoft's Visual Studio product which has been used by developers for many years. This is a departure from DTS which used SQL Server Enterprise Manager as the tool to design packages.

Formerly known as Business Intelligence Developer Studio (BIDS), the designer is now called SQL Server Data Tools – Business Intelligence (SSDT-BI) (not to be confused with the other SQL Server Data Tools). The version you want will depend on two things; your version of SQL Server, and the version of Visual Studio you want to work with.

SSDT for Visual Studio 2010

The focus of the initial release of SSDT was designed to replace BIDS as well as VSDB, as shown in Table 1.

  1. Visual Studio 2008 & Business Intelligence Development Studio (Troubleshooting) I recently installed Visual Studio 2008 on my main development computer and have been very happy with it overall. However, before starting the installation, I decided to remove all of the Visual Studio 2005 components from my computer.
  2. Apr 13, 2015 - Instead you need to download the SQL Server Data Tools – Business Intelligence for Visual Studio 2013 (SSDT-BI) to get the functionality that.
  3. To install BI Developer Extensions in earlier versions of Visual Studio, download the installer from the downloads page. For silent installs you can run the setup.
  4. Tutorial of how to install 'Business Intelligence Development Studio'. So i just download 'Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition with SP1'.
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Old ToolsNew Tools
Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS)SQL Server Data Tools – Business Intelligence (SSDT-BI)
Visual Studio for Database Professionals (VSDB)SSDT for SQL/Azure Database Development
Table 1

As shown in Figure 1, the initial release of SSDT ran off a Visual Studio 2010 Shell and there were no major changes to the templates that were last released as part of BIDS 2008 except for the inclusion of Analysis Services Tabular Project template.

Figure 1: SSDT 2010 BI Templates

Although the initial release of SSDT contained almost similar templates to BIDS 2008, it did however provide several enhancements to those templates. For instance, for the first time ever we were introduced to the SSIS Toolbox window, and the SSIS (Integration Services) templates were enhanced to:

  • Allow redo and undo of package changes
  • In addition to variables, you could configure package parameters
  • Define project-wide connections that would be visible to all packages within a given project

SSDT for Visual Studio 2012

SQL Server 2012 was released ahead of Visual Studio 2012 which explains why the initial release of SSDT ran off Visual Studio 2010. Later on, when Visual Studio 2012 was released, another version of SSDT that ran off Visual Studio 2012 was released. Except for changes in template icons shown in Figure 2, no new enhancements were done in the BI templates of SSDT 2012.

Figure 2: SSDT 2012 BI Templates

SSDT for Visual Studio 2013

A year after Visual Studio 2012 was released, Visual Studio 2013 was released yet at that time SQL Server 2012 was still the latest RTM version of SQL Server. Not surprisingly, as shown in Figure 3, the BI templates contained in SSDT 2013 were similar to its predecessor, SSDT 2012.

Figure 3: SSDT 2013 BI Templates

SSDT for Visual Studio 2015

The release of SQL Server 2016 introduced several enhancements relating to business intelligence templates, particularly the overwhelming changes in Reporting Services. As a result, the release of SSDT 2015 was expected to contain several enhancements to support SQL Server 2016 BI features.

1. SSAS Tabular Model Explorer

A noticeable improvement in the Analysis Services Tabular Project template was the inclusion of the Tabular Model Explorer, shown in Figure 4. Although, compared to multidimensional cubes, SSAS Tabular Models were easier to design and work with, configuration of the model.bim file was such that you had to navigate to different areas of Visual Studio to, i.e. identify total number of measures in the model, identify a list of existing configured data sources, etc. Fortunately, Tabular Model Explorer, reduces some of that navigation exercise by providing a collapsible tree structure of model.bim properties such as data sources, KPIs, list of tables, roles and measures.

Figure 4: Tabular Model Explorer

Similarly to other Visual Studio windows such as Solution Explorer, Tabular Model Explorer has the following built-in functionality:

  • Sort contents of the model – by default, the explorer is sorted alphabetically
  • Search within the model
  • Reposition the window i.e. float, dock, hide etc.

Finally, you can only use Tabular Model Explorer against SQL Server 2016 Tabular Models or higher. That, means if you change your solution compatibility level to a level lower than 1200 as shown in Figure 5, you will run into an error returned in Figure 6.

Figure 5: Project Compatibility Level Settings

Figure 6: Tabular Model Explorer error

2. SSRS Adjustable Parameters Pane

Perhaps one of the frustrating issues with SSRS parameters was its inability to reposition them according to your preference. Luckily, SQL Server 2016 introduced the ability to customise the position of report parameters. SSDT 2015 introduces a parameters grid that can be used to adjust the position and appearance of report parameters, as shown in Figure 7.

Figure 7: Parameters Grid in SSDT 2015

The easiest way to access the parameters grid is to right click on the report body region, select the View option, and then click on Parameters.

3. SSIS Single Package Deployment & new Hadoop Tasks

In spite of the benefits, one limitation of project deployment in SSIS was that the Deploy option was only available at the project level. That meant even if you made changes to a single package in a project, you still had to redeploy the entire project. Luckily, SQL Server 2016 supports deployment of a single package and SSDT 2015 provides support for single package deployment through the Deploy Package option shown in Figure 8.

Figure 8: Single Package deployment

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The Integration Services Project template in SSDT 2015 further includes components that can be used to configure tasks relating to Hadoop. The 3 Hadoop-related tasks are shown in Figure 9.

Figure 9: Hadoop SSIS Tasks

One of the improvements in SSDT 2015 was its support for Azure ETL development. As a result, Microsoft released a separate installation file, Azure Feature Pack for Integration Services (SSIS) that makes it possible for SSIS to connect, process and transfer data between Azure and on-premises data sources. A list of available Azure ETL tasks are shown in Figure 10.

Figure 10: Azure Tasks in SSDT 2015

We conclude the review of SSDT 2015 by mentioning another exciting feature introduced in the Integrations Services Project template, the Package Parts. Package Parts allows developers to setup package template that can be executed within a control flow area.

Figure 11: Package Parts


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Sorry if this is redundant, but due to the crazy naming of the tools, it's hard to find the answer to the question.

Question 1

Will SSIS packages, reports and so forth built with Microsoft SQL Server Data Tools - Business Intelligence (SSDT-BI) for Visual Studio 2013 work on SQL Server 2008 R2?

Question 2

I'm currently using SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS) for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008. I want to potentially upgrade to Data Tools - Business Intelligence for Visual Studio 2013.

I assume I would need to A) purchase a new copy of Visual Studio 2013 and then B) download the free SSDT-BI software? That's assuming SSDT-BI for VS2013 works for 2008 R2.


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Step A in Question 2 is not necessary. The SSDT-BI package contains Visual Studio 2013 shell and will install it for you if it isn't there (see the additional information).

As for will it work? Kinda. You will be able to run packages which load data into SQL Server 2008 R2, but you will not be able to take advantage of the project deployment model released in SQL Server 2012.

The reason why I answered Kinda is that you may have some problems running new packages using dtexec on your old server. Microsoft's guidance on this isn't much more than a stopsign... So YMMY (and please post back here with your experience!)

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In his latest article, Marcin Policht demonstrates a variety of tools that can be employed to execute SQL Server Integration Services packages, focusing in particular on the method leveraging functionality available within the Business Intelligence Development Studio.

In his latest article, Marcin Policht demonstrates a variety of tools that can be employed to execute SQL Server Integration Services packages, focusing in particular on the method leveraging functionality available within the Business Intelligence Development Studio.

We have already introducedthe most rudimentary approach to extraction, transformation, and loading (ETL)functionality available in SQL Server 2008 (and 2008 R2, based on its November2009 Community Technology Preview), that leverages Export and Import Wizard. In the courseof our presentation, we have stepped through the process of creating a samplepackage that copies the content of a view in the AdventureWorksDW database to aflat file. As we have explained, such a process can be used to launch the copyinteractively or its outcome can be saved for subsequent execution andadditional modifications. We will now focus on the latter of these options bydescribing methods of package execution and development, including DTExec.exe, DTExecUI.exe, SQL Server Management Studio, and Business IntelligenceDevelopment Studio(also referred to as BIDS).

As we have explained earlier, the Export and Import Wizard allows you tosave packages to either SQLServeror File system (as we willexplain in more detail later. There is also a third option known as SSIS Package Store). In the firstcase, each package occupies a separate row in the dbo.sysssispackages table of msdb database. Whileit is possible to view packages by querying the table directly, a moreconvenient method involves connecting SQL Server Management Studio to the Integration Services subsystem, whichdisplays packages under the Stored PackagesMSDB subnode in the Object Explorer window (youhave an option to group them in an arbitrary manner by creating subfolderswithin this hierarchy). To launch a package that you have located there, selectthe Run Package entry from itscontext sensitive menu. This action triggers Execute Package Utility, where you havethe ability to assign a number of parameters that dictate execution behavior(we will cover them in one of our future articles). The same utility is alsoavailable outside of the SQLServer Management Studiointerface in the form of a standalone executable, DTExecUI.exe, invokeddirectly from the Command Prompt or via the StartRun menu. Another alternative involves usingits non-graphical equivalent, DTExec.exe,whose characteristics and syntax are described in SQL Server 2008Books Online (which, incidentally, is also used when scheduling execution ofSSIS packages as SQL Server Agent jobs).

These two methods are also availablewhen calling packages stored within file system. In the case of DTExecUI.exe, you need tochoose the Filesystementry in the Packagesourcelistbox and enter its location in the Package text box. With DTExec.exe, you have toapply /File switch followedby the location of the .DTSX file.

The equivalent functionality isavailable from within BusinessIntelligence Development Studio, although in this case, there are additional stepsthat need to be carried out first. The Open->File... entry in its File menu allows foropening and editing existing DTSXfiles, however, it does not facilitate their execution. This capability iscontingent on the existence of an SSIS project (and the solution thatencompasses it), that such files are part of. One way to satisfy thisrequirement is to create a new project that will serve as a hosting containerto which our sample DTSX file will beadded as a package.

Before we step through implementation ofthis procedure, let's first get acquainted with the interface of Business IntelligenceDevelopment Studio.Once you launch it from the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 menu, you will be presented with the Start Page, which closely resemblesthe Visual Studio interface. The main window is divided into several panes,including RecentProjects,Get News fromMicrosoft,Getting Started, and Visual Studio Headlines (to alter theinitial view, modify settings available in the Startup entry in the Options dialog box, accessiblevia the Tools menu). Inaddition, you will also find Solution Explorer and Properties windows there. (Others can be activatedas needed from the View menu).

SSIS packages designed via Business IntelligenceDevelopment Studioare implemented according to the Visual Studio paradigm, which employs theconcept of a solution consisting of one or more projects, linked by a commongoal they are supposed to accomplish (and encompassing any combination of SQLServer-based technologies, including Analysis, Integration, and ReportingServices). To create one, select the New->Project... entry from the File menu,triggering the display of the New Project dialog box, from which you should choose Business IntelligenceProjecttype with IntegrationServices Projecttemplate. The Name: and Location: text boxes willbe automatically populated for you, but you are free to modify them in anarbitrary manner to match your intended storage and naming conventions.

From a logical standpoint, our sample solution is comprisedof a single project and a package named Package.dtsx,which is represented by a corresponding entry under the SSISPackagesfolder in the Solution Explorer window. (While thesolution is hidden by default, you have an option to display it by selecting Always showsolutionin the Generalsection of the Projects and Solutions entry in the Optionsdialog box accessible via Tools->Options menu) . As youcan verify by reviewing its content, other project components include DataSourcesand DataSource Views (this way, both can be shared across multiplepackages or projects in multi-project solutions). From an operating systemperspective, each project (and, effectively, its solution) has a correspondingfolder (whose location you designated in the previous step), where you willfind (somewhat confusingly labeled):

  • AnalysisServices Database (in the form of .databasefile, which stores the project metadata)
  • IntegrationServices project (.dtprojfile, containing definitions of packages, data sources, and data source views,as well as project configurations, which, as we will explain later, facilitatepackage portability)
  • MicrosoftVisual Studio Solution (.sln file, where thesolution configuration resides)
  • VisualStudio Solution User Options (as .suofile, hosting a number of solution-wide user preferences, such as, your choiceof debugging breakpoints), and its project-level equivalent .dtproj.userfile, with Visual Studio Project User Options.

Once the project opens, the majority of Business IntelligenceDevelopment Studiodesktop estate is occupied by the Designer window. This is your primary interfacefor package development. Its area is divided into five tabs, with four of them,labeled ControlFlow,Data Flow, Event Handlers and Package Explorer grouped at thetop, and ConnectionManagerspositioned at the very bottom. (There is actually an additional tab labeled,depending on the context, Progressor ExecutionResults,which appears dynamically once you execute the package). Each of themrepresents a specific group of SSIS features, which we will be discussing indetail throughout our upcoming articles.

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Toolbar contains variety of components that areutilized during package configuration (its content is context sensitive,changing as you switch between different areas of the Designer). The Properties window displays(and accommodates edits of) attributes of objects currently selected within theBusinessIntelligence Development Studio interface. Other windows (such as Bookmark, Class View, Code Definition, Object Browser, Error List, or Output), can be madeavailable by activating options in the View menu (which also gives you the ability to display anumber of Toolbars). Each of thevisual elements described above is highly customizable in regard to itsvisibility, position, and variety of other security and usability-relatedcharacteristics.

Since our intention was to facilitateexecution of our sample package (whose creation was described in our previousarticle), let's walk through the remaining steps necessary to accomplish thisgoal. Start by deleting an existing Package.dtsx entry in the SSIS Packages folder of the Solution Explorer window (whichwas auto generated based on the Integration Services Project template weselected earlier). Next, right click on the SSIS Packages folder and select Add Existing Package from itscontext sensitive menu. (Note that, as we pointed out before, it is possible tolaunch Importand Export Wizardfrom here as well). This will trigger the Add Copy of Existing Package dialog box,where you need to specify the Package location (SQL Server,File System, or SSIS Package Store) and Package path. (Keep in mindthat adding an existing package to a project creates a duplicate of the DTSX file in thesame directory that hosts all other project's files). Once imported, ourpackage is ready to launch (which can be done directly via the Execute Package entry in itscontext sensitive menu).

In our next article, we will review thecontent of this sample package by analyzing its structure in the Designer interface of Business IntelligenceDevelopment Studio.We will also look into modifying some of its characteristics, introducing someof the more rudimentary principles of SSIS development process.

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