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 September CTP we did not add any new features, we only worked on bugs and performance. The project format is final, and we do not anticipate any more changes in this area, so if you want to start upgrading your existing VS 2005 and/or VS2008 Database Projects this is the time. The self extracting installer (setup.exe) did change so the experience is slightly different due to a change in the underlying technology.


The release candidate requires that the following components are installed:

Download location:

You can download the Release Candidate from the following location:

NOTE: If you have a previous version of the GDR installed, you will have to first uninstall these before installing the RC bits!

Other notes:

  • Make sure to uninstall previous CTP versions of the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR.
    • You can use the following command line command to uninstall previous versions of the GDR

      msiexec /X {DDF197C6-4507-3A19-A4B5-0E17CC931370}

  • Project upgrades
    • This RC upgrades existing projects from created with the released editions of Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals and Visual Studio 2008 Team System Database Edition (incl. SP1).
    • This RC does not upgrade project files created with previous CTP versions of the GDR release.
  • PowerTools
    • The Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition Power Tools do not work in combination with the GDR release. We will update the Power Tools to support the GDR after the GDR has been released.
  • Extensions
    • Feature extensions like database generators, data distributions, static code analysis rules, refactoring types, refactoring targets and test conditions that you developed for previous releases or CTP versions of the GDR will need to be recompiled, to reflect API and namespace changes in the public API.

We are looking forward to your feedback which you can post to our MSDN forum and please file bugs and improvement requests using our Microsoft Connect site.


Comments (9)
  1. Yesterday Gert announced that the release candidate for Database Edition that enables support for SQL

  2. StevenLJackson1 says:

    In an earlier post, you mentioned that this will be a "go-live" release.  Is that still the case?



  3. Archi says:

    Gert Drapers has just announced that VSTS 2008 Database Edition GDR Release Candidate 1 is now available…

  4. While I was at the PDC I missed the announcement that the release candidate for Database Edition was

  5. While I was at the PDC I missed the announcement that the release candidate for Database Edition was

  6. vaccac says:

    What an amazing piece of software you guys have put together. Thank you and keep it up!

  7. The Accentient Blog on 2010 Feature Preview for TFS: VSTS 2010 Ayman Badawi on Visual Studio 2010 and…

  8. michielsel says:

    We’re considering using Data Dude for our product.

    However I haven’t found a solution yet to mantain in easy/transparent way the so-called reference/static data (which heavily changes between versions). This data being :

    – screenlabels (multilanguage)

    – parameter (with default value sets)

    – default steering info

    Now we’re using the concept of post-build insert into scripts.

    Do you have any suggestion ?

    Thx in advance.

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