Fixing Visual Studio’s error “This server version is not supported…” for SQL Server 2012

When attempting to work on a SQL Server 2012 database from within Visual Studio 2010, Visual Studio throws the following error:

“This server version is not supported. Only servers up to Microsoft SQL Server 2008 are supported.”

You need to install “SQL Server Data Tools” to work with SQL Server 2012. The latest version of “SQL Server Data Tools” is “SQL Server Data Tools (December 2012)”. The “SQL Server Data Tools (December 2012)” update contains several improvements since the last web release of SSDT:

  • Database Unit Testing
  • Integration of SQL Server Data Tools Power Tools
  • Updated Data-Tier Application Framework
  • Bug fixes to customer-reported issues

This release is available for both Visual Studio 2012 and Visual Studio 2010.

For Visual Studio 2010:
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For Visual Studio 2012:
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