Visual Studio Community 2017 – Upgrading


The lead developer on one of our projects experienced problems deploying a report yesterday evening.

It is time to see if we can duplicate and thus research the error.


SQL Server Data Tools

SQL Server Data Tools – v2015

Downloaded SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) v2015 from here.

Was able to successfully install and deploy the report.


SQL Server Data Tools – v2017


From same link, downloaded SSDT v2017.



Visual Studio 2017

Blocking Issue

The current installation requires Visual Studio 2017 version number 15.3.0 or higher.  Please upgrade your Visual Studio instance before continuing the setup.



Validate v2017

Launched our installed v2017 and validated the Version # is 15.2 (26430.15 )



Microsoft Visual Studio Community 2017
Version 15.2 (26430.15) Release
Microsoft .NET Framework
Version 4.7.02053

Review Visual Studio 2017 Packages

Let us quickly review Visual Studio ( VS) 2017 Release History


  1. v15.2
    • We have v15.2, released on May 10th, 2017
  2. v15.3
    • We need at least 15.3, released on August 14th, 2017
  3. v15.4.3
    • The latest as of today, 2017-Nov-9th, is v15.4.3
Download Visual Studio 2017 – Bootstrapper

We will to “Install Visual Studio 2017 on low bandwidth or unreliable network environments” ( here  )and reach for the Bootstrapper community edition.

The direct link to Community edition is here.


Create an offline installer

Let us create an offline installer

set "_target=C:\VS2017offline"
set "_desktop=Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.ManagedDesktop"
set "_netWeb=Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.NetWeb"
set "_github=Component.GitHub.VisualStudio"

vs_community.exe --layout %_target% --add %_desktop% --add %_netWeb%  --add %_github% --includeOptional --lang en-US


Build offline installer

Run the batch file created earlier to build the offline installer.

Image – Invoke batch file

Image – download…

Image – Successful
Patch Visual Studio 2017

Let us patch our installed v2017

Run the setup.exe availed through the offline installer.

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Update available

Visual Studio 2017 is already installed.

Click update to update to version 15.4.3


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Validate Visual Studio 2017 Version

Launch Visual and validated that v2017 is installed.




Let us go back and try to install SQL Server Data Tools – Release 15.4.0 Preview

Install Tools to this Visual Studio 2017 instance



  1. Microsoft
    • Docs / SQL / SSDT ( SQL Server Data Tools )
      • Download SQL Server Data Tools ( SSDT )
    • Docs / Visual Studio / Documentation / Installation
      • Install Visual Studio 2017 on low bandwidth or unreliable network environments
      • Create an offline installation of Visual Studio 2017
      • Visual Studio 2017 version 15.4 Release Notes

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