Visual Studio 2005 Support for SQL Server 2008

This CTP resolves a problem that when you try to open a database connection to SQL Server 2008 by using Visual Studio 2005 design tools, you may receive the following error message:
“This server version is not supported. Only servers up to Microsoft SQL Server 2005 are supported.”
This CTP addresses this issue, and enables the following Visual Studio functionality for SQL Server 2008 CTP5 :

  • Server Explorer successfully connects to SQL Server 2008, and database objects such as stored procedures and table data can be viewed and edited. Note that table schemas still cannot be viewed or edited in this release.

  • SQL CLR projects that target SQL Server 2008 CTP5 can be created and deployed to the server.

  • T-SQL and SQL CLR debugging are now enabled for SQL Server 2008 CTP5.

  • Data binding features in Client and Web Projects are enabled.

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P.S.: As you most probably can imagine we are currently working on a patch for Visual Studio 2008. Unfortunately I am not allowed to say more 🙁

Comments (4)

  1. Geoff says:

    great timing Daniel, thanks! looking forward to the 2008 patch… an ETA would be great if they decide to loosen your collar a little :]

  2. Daniel says:

    Hi Daniel!

    may be know the solution

    i have the same problem with VWD2008 Express Edition & SQL Server 2005 Express Edition


  3. sharad says:

    i have installed VS 2008 pro and SQL server 2005 enterprise edition in my PC. But somehow it doesnt get connected, in fact i couldnt able to create file of database in VS 2008…..Please tell me what should i do. should i re-install VS 2005. please help!!!!!

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