Visual Studio 2019 shell for SSDT RRS feed

  • Question

  • I'm setting up some of my coworkers to be able to contribute to SSRS report development.  I'd rather them use Visual Studio / SSDT than report builder.  These users do not already have Visual Studio.

    The SQL Server Data Tools page ( says that users without a Visual Studio 2019 license should "Install Visual Studio 2019 Community".  The Visual Studio Community page ( says that organizations with > 250 PCs can only use Visual Studio Community for "open source, academic research, and classroom learning environment scenarios".

    Since I'm in an environment with more than 250 PCs, and report development is not open-source, academic research, or classroom learning, I'm looking for guidance as to the correct way to install SSDT for a new user who would only use Visual Studio for report (and/or potentially SSIS) development.

    I understand that today I could probably still download the 2017 version of SSDT w/ Visual Studio, but I'd prefer to use the 2019 version since these are new users who (for now) only need the reporting tools.

    Tuesday, August 20, 2019 8:15 PM


  • The license terms for VS 2019 community allows unlimited use when using the SSDT extensions or Database Projects:

    Any number of your users may use the software only for Microsoft SQL Server development when using the SQL Server Data Tools or the extensions “Microsoft Analysis Services Projects”, “Microsoft Reporting Services Projects”, or “SQL Server Integration Services Projects” to develop Microsoft SQL Server database projects or Analysis Services, Reporting Services, Power BI Report Server, or Integration Services projects. 

    Please mark as answer, if this was it. Visit my SQL Server Compact blog

    • Proposed as answer by Olaf HelperMVP Wednesday, August 21, 2019 7:20 AM
    • Marked as answer by CraigStewart Wednesday, August 21, 2019 11:36 AM
    Wednesday, August 21, 2019 6:45 AM