SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) for Visual Studio 2017 Silent Install (How-To Guide)


SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) is a modern development tool for building SQL Server relational databases, databases in Azure SQL, Analysis Services (AS) data models, Integration Services (IS) packages, and Reporting Services (RS) reports. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) 2017 from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install SQL Server SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) for Visual Studio 2017 Silently

SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) for Visual Studio 2017 Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/ssdt/download-sql-server-data-tools-ssdt?view=sql-server-2017#ssdt-for-vs-2017-standalone-installer
  2. Download the SSDT-Setup-ENU.exe to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  3. Navigate to: https://aka.ms/vs/15/release/vs_sql.exe
  4. Download the vs_SQL.exe to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  5. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  6. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  7. Enter the following command to extract the VS SQL SKU setup files:
    • vs_SQL.exe --layout C:\VS_SQL --lang en-US
  8. Press Enter
  9. Enter the following command to extract the SSDT setup files:
    • SSDT-Setup-ENU.exe /layout C:\SSDT
  10. Press Enter
  11. Navigate to the C:\Downloads\VS_SQL folder
  12. Enter the following command:
    • vs_setup.exe --noweb --wait --quiet --norestart
  13. Press Enter
  14. Navigate to the C:\Downloads\SSDT folder
  15. Enter the following command:
    • SSDT-Setup-ENU.exe /install INSTALLALL /quiet /norestart
  16. Press Enter

After several minutes you will find SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) 2017 entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) for Visual Studio 2017
Vendor:Microsoft Corporation
Architecture:x86
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch (Step 1)vs_setup.exe --noweb --wait --quiet --norestart
Silent Install Switch (Step 2)SSDT-Setup-ENU.exe /install INSTALLALL /quiet /norestart
Silent Uninstall Switch:SSDT-Setup-ENU.exe /uninstall /quiet /norestart
Download Link:https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/ssdt/download-sql-server-data-tools-ssdt?view=sql-server-2017#ssdt-for-vs-2017-standalone-installer
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/sql-server-data-tools-ssdt-for-visual-studio-2017-install-and-uninstall-powershell/

The information above provides a quick overview of the software title, vendor, silent install, and silent uninstall switches. The download links provided take you directly to the vendors website. Continue reading if you are interested in additional details and configurations.


Additional Configurations

Create a SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) for Visual Studio 2017 Installation Log File

The SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) for Visual Studio 2017 installer offers the option to generate a log file during installation to assist with troubleshooting should any problems arise. You can use the following command to create a verbose log file with details about the installation.

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Silent Install (EXE) with Logging

SSDT-Setup-ENU.exe /install INSTALLALL /quiet /norestart /log "%WINDIR%\Temp\SSDTFeatures-Install.log"

Create a VS Instance

SSDT-Setup-ENU.exe /install INSTALLVSSQL:SSDT /quiet /norestart

Install All Features

SSDT-Setup-ENU.exe /install INSTALLALL /quiet /norestart

Install SQL Server Analysis Services

SSDT-Setup-ENU.exe /install INSTALLAS /quiet /norestart

Install SQL Server Reporting Services

SSDT-Setup-ENU.exe /install INSTALLRS /quiet /norestart

Install SQL Server Integration Services

SSDT-Setup-ENU.exe /install INSTALLIS /quiet /norestart

How to Uninstall SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) for Visual Studio 2017 Silently

Check out the SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) for Visual Studio 2017 Install and Uninstall (PowerShell) post for a scripted solution.

  1. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  2. Enter one of the following commands:

SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) for Visual Studio 2017 Silent Uninstall (EXE)

SSDT-Setup-ENU.exe /uninstall /quiet /norestart

SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) for Visual Studio 2017 Silent Uninstall (EXE) on 32-bit System

"%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Visual Studio\Installer\InstallCleanup.exe" -i 17 -f

SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) for Visual Studio 2017 Silent Uninstall (EXE) on 64-bit System

"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Visual Studio\Installer\InstallCleanup.exe" -i 17 -f

Always make sure to test everything in a development environment prior to implementing anything into production. The information in this article is provided “As Is” without warranty of any kind.

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