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SQL Compare for version control?

petteroepetteroe Posts: 3
edited August 14, 2006 3:24AM in SQL Compare Previous Versions
Hi,

I run a small business, but I am trying to adopt some of the more useful procedures of bigger companies, for example, finally implementing a version control system for our SQL server databases.

I have SQL compare 5. Can I use this for version control? I am using Source Safe 2005 (probably Team Server as soon as I hire another person) for our source code version control.

Ideally, I would like to add our database stuff to source safe just as other source code, label it, version it and then deploy everything to the production environment. If things fail, I can go back to an earlier label, including database stuff and roll back.

Is this possible, and if yes, can you please send me a step-by-step guide on how to do it...


Thanks,


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Comments

  • You might want to check out a little free utility that I've written that integrates with source control systems where you store the database snapshot.

    Have a read of...

    http://blogs.red-gate.com/blogs/richard ... 8/258.aspx

    ...to see if this will help you.


    Hope this helps.
    Richard Mitchell
    Project Manager
    Red Gate Software Ltd
  • Thanks Richard,

    I have been playing soldier in the national guard this week, so I haven't gotten around to testing your app yet.

    Can I use the snapshot of the database to revert back to an earlier scheme without loosing data (except for the obvious situations where this operation will remove columns etc)


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  • petteroe wrote:
    Thanks Richard,

    I have been playing soldier in the national guard this week, so I haven't gotten around to testing your app yet.

    Can I use the snapshot of the database to revert back to an earlier scheme without loosing data (except for the obvious situations where this operation will remove columns etc)


    Morten

    Yes you can - using SQL Compare. Just use the snapshot as the source and your database as the destination. The utility I mentioned is just a way to get a quick view on what has changed and won't produce any SQL.
    Richard Mitchell
    Project Manager
    Red Gate Software Ltd
  • richardjm wrote:

    Hiya Richard. The utility sounds great, but when using it on snapshots created with V5, I get
    Unexpected Exception:
    The database snapshot was saved by a newer version of SQL Compare

    Any chance of a recompile for V5 snapshots? I'd love to use this in our Vault server for sure!
  • Dan F wrote:
    richardjm wrote:

    Hiya Richard. The utility sounds great, but when using it on snapshots created with V5, I get
    Unexpected Exception:
    The database snapshot was saved by a newer version of SQL Compare

    Any chance of a recompile for V5 snapshots? I'd love to use this in our Vault server for sure!

    Just to let you know in case you've not found out already. I've done a recompile that lets Scream work with v5.05/5.1/5.2 releases. You can get instructions on how to get it from here...[/url]

    Hope this helps.
    Richard Mitchell
    Project Manager
    Red Gate Software Ltd
  • Sure does, thanks Richard!
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