We just released a new set off VPC’s for Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite (including TFS) which now have the Visual Studio 2008 Team System Database Edition GDR bits installed. These VPC’s provide an easy way to test out the GDR release. There is a Virtual PC and Hyper-V based image. For details check out…


Handling of COMMENTS in the GDR

In the GDR you will mainly find large improvements, but it is not everything is better. One area where we regressed functionality is the deployment of comments inside T-SQL procedures, triggers,  functions etc. With the move to a true and only model based system, objects that are stored in dbo.syscomments or sys.sql_modules, are modeled in…


GDR Language Releases

Today, we released 6 additional languages of the Visual Studio 2008 Team System Database Edition GDR! Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan) German Spanish Italian Japanese Korean Additionally the GDR documentation has been translated into Japanese and is available via MSDN. There will be 3 more…


Troubleshooting SETUP

This post dives in to how to troubleshoot problems when installing the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR.   Prerequisites Before installing the GDR, please check the prerequisites! Visual Studio Version & Edition: First check if you have the right Visual Studio version and edition installed. You must have one of the following…


Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR – RTM

Finally the moment is there, the final version of the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR has been released to the web. Although the name "GDR", which stands for "General Redistribution Release", implies otherwise, this really is a complete new release, based on a new architecture. We have taken the architectural changes from…


New VSDB Blog

Patrick Sirr, one of the key developers in our team started his own blog. If you want to learn about automating the project system using DTE, please check it out. His first three articles are covering: Importing multiple scripts using DTE Schema Compare using DTE Data Compare using DTE Yes, Patrick wrote all the DTE…


PDC Session Now Online

The PDC session "TL45 Microsoft Visual Studio Team System Database Edition: Overview", which I presented last Monday is now available for online viewing on Channel9. The video is stream can be found on: and I uploaded the slide deck to my SkyDrive: Enjoy the video. -GertD


The GDR RC Is Here!

During my session at PDC I announce the immediate availability of the Release Candidate (RC) of Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR. We are going through the last stages of the development process and we are getting ready to release. This release candidate is the first step towards the final build! Since the…


Partial Projects

The Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR release introduces two new ways on how to share information between projects, partial projects and composite projects. This blog post will go in to how to use partial projects, composite projects will be discussed in a later post. When we started talking to existing users of…


Model Collation vs. Database Collation

When you are using the latest CTP of the GDR release, you might have noticed that we introduced a new collation, named the "model collation". However if you go to the Database.sqlsettings file, which contains all the database properties, you will also find the "Database collation" like we had this in the previous releases. What…