Announcing the General Availability (GA) Release of SSDT 17.0 (April 2017)

We are pleased to announce that SQL Server Data Tools 17.0 is officially released and supported for production use. This GA release includes support for SQL Server 2017 and SQL Server on Linux including new features such as Graph DB. It includes several features that we have consistently received requests for via MSDN forums and Connect and contains numerous fixes and improvements over the 16.x version of the tools. You no longer need to maintain 16.x and 17.0 side-by-side to build SQL Server relational databases, Azure SQL databases, Integration Services packages, Analysis Services data models, Azure Analysis Services data models, and Reporting Services reports. From all the SSDT teams, thank you for your valuable feedback and suggestions!

Additionally, for relational and Azure SQL databases SSDT 17.0 GA includes a highly requested improvement to ignore column order in upgrade plans as well as numerous other bug fixes. 

In the Business Intelligence area, SSDT 17.0 GA supports Azure Analysis Services in addition to SQL Server Analysis Services. It features a modern Get Data experience in Tabular 1400 models, including DirectQuery support (see the blog article “Introducing DirectQuery Support for Tabular 1400”) and an increasing portfolio of data sources. Other noteworthy features include object-level security to secure model metadata in addition to data, transaction-performance improvements for a more responsive developer experience, improvements to the authoring experience of detail rows expressions, and a DAX Editor to create measures and other DAX expressions more conveniently.

For Integration Services, SSDT 17.0 GA provides an authoring package with OData Source and OData Connection Manager connecting to the OData feeds of Microsoft Dynamics AX Online and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. Moreover, the project target server version supports SQL Server 2017 so you can conveniently deploy your packages on the latest version of SQL Server.

So please download SSDT 17.0 GA from https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/ssdt/download-sql-server-data-tools-ssdt and update your existing installations today! Send us your feedback and ask us questions on our forum or via Microsoft Connect.  We look forward to hearing from you.

This release also includes an update to the DacFx Nuget packages published on https://nuget.org.