The new GDR for Visual Studio Team System for Database Professional (VSTSDBP) now includes a command line utility. You can now generate a schema files from the source db or deploy dbschemas to target db whitout VSTS4DBP. In fact, the utility can be used by simply copying the executable and a bunch of assemblies to a thumb drive.
It gives us the following possibilities:
– reverse engineer a database on a server or
distant machine and bring the result file
(.dbschema) file with us. This way, we can
copy the dbschema file to a machine that
has VSTS4DBP and analyze it by doing
schema comparisony or static code analysis
on it.
– bring the dbschema file to another server or
distant machine in order to deploy it.
In summary, VSDBCMD.exe gives VSTS4DBP users a very useful portable
utility. In a future post, I will dig a bit more on how it can be used. I will show some samples and screen captures in order to better demonstrate what the tool can do.
Stay tuned!

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