BIDS Helper 1.6 for SQL Server 2012 released

BIDS helper is Visual Studio add-in with features that extend and enhance the functionality of the SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2008 BI Development Studio, and now supports SQL Server 2012 (including tabular mode) and Visual Studio 2010 (SSDT).  Version 1.6 can be downloaded here, and read up on the new features.  Note this version is still in beta.

It’s a must-have add-in with tons of features.  I find myself using at least one of the features every day.  The documentation is very detailed, so I encourage you to review all the features and I am certain you will find one’s that you can use right away.

About James Serra

James is a big data and data warehousing solution architect at Microsoft. Previously he was an independent consultant working as a Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence architect and developer. He is a prior SQL Server MVP with over 25 years of IT experience.
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One Response to BIDS Helper 1.6 for SQL Server 2012 released

  1. Vishal says:


    I have installed BIDS Helper for 2008 using BIDSHelper2008Setup( When I try to use SmartDiff I get an error –
    “Could not utilize Microsoft Team Foundation Server to view diff. Unable to load DLL ‘msdiff’: The specified module could not be found.”.
    My question is – Do I need to install Microsoft Team Foundation Server or some other software for it to work?

    Thanks a lot,