You cannot open a Business Intelligence project after you upgrade the project to the format that is used by Visual Studio 2010

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SYMPTOMS

Consider the following scenario:
  • You have a Business Intelligence (BI) project. For example, you have a Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services project, a Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services project, a Microsoft SQL Server Report Model project, or a Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services project.
  • The solution and projects have the following file name extensions: 
    • .sln
    • .dwproj
    • .dtproj
    • .rptproj
  • The BI project is created by using SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS) in one of the following SQL Server versions:
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2005
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2008
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
    .
  • You upgrade the project to the format that is used by Microsoft Visual Studio 2010.
In this scenario, the following errors can occur:
  • You cannot open the project in Visual Studio 2010. In the Solution Explorer window, the project name will be dimmed with the word (unavailable) in parentheses next to the name of the project.
  • You cannot open the project in SQL Server BIDS after you upgrade the project.
  • The project in Solution Explorer Window will list the following error:

    The project file was unloaded.

    This error indicates that Solution Explorer does not have a matching project type to open the project with.
  • You try to open the project file by double-clicking it, you receive the following error:

    Microsoft Visual Studio

    'Drive:\Path\Project_name.dwproj' cannot be opened because its project type (.dwproj) is not supported by this version of the application. 

    To open it, please use a version that supports this type of project.  

CAUSE

This issue occurs because Visual Studio 2010 does not let you edit a BI project that is created by using BIDS in SQL Server 2005, in SQL Server 2008, or in SQL Server 2008 R2.

RESOLUTION

To resolve the issue in which you cannot open the project in SQL Server BIDS after you upgrade the project, follow these steps:
  1. Create a new project that has the same name as the original BI project in a different directory by using SQL Server BIDS.
  2. Add all relevant project items from the upgraded BI project folder. For example, for an Analysis Services project, add the .ds and .dsv files. For a Reporting Services project, add the .rds and .rdl files.
  3. Save and then open the new BI project.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

MORE INFORMATION

A BI projects is a special kind of Visual Studio project that can be opened in Visual Studio. However, you must have BIDS components installed together with the corresponding Visual Studio shell so that you can create or edit BI projects. The BIDS components are released as a part of SQL Server 2005, of SQL Server 2008, and of SQL Server 2008 R2. These BIDS components are not designedto work together with Visual Studio 2010. Therefore, the upgraded project cannot be opened in Visual Studio 2010.

You use Visual Studio 2010 to open a BI project that was created by using BIDS in SQL Server 2005, in SQL Server 2008, or in SQL Server 2008 R2. In this situation, Visual Studio 2010 prompts you to upgrade the project to the Visual Studio 2010 format. Earlier versions of Visual Studio do not support opening projects from a future version of Visual Studio. Therefore, you cannot open the upgraded project in the version of BIDS that you used to create the project.

The following table lists the configurations that are supported so that you can open and edit different BI projects by using different Visual Studio versions. BI projects that are created by using BIDS cannot be edited in Visual Studio 2010. If you have a solution that contains BI projects and other projects, we recommend that you back up the solution before you open the solution in Visual Studio 2010.
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Visual Studio 2005 (the release version and later service packs) with BIDS in SQL Server 2005 Visual Studio 2008 (Service Pack 1 and later service packs) with BIDS in SQL Server 2008Visual Studio 2008 (Service Pack 1 and later service packs) with BIDS in SQL Server 2008 R2Visual Studio 2010 (the release version and later service packs)
SQL Server 2005 BI projectsSupportedSupported after project upgradeSupported after project upgradeNot supported
SQL Server 2008 BI projectsNot supportedSupportedSupported after project upgradeNot supported
SQL Server 2008 R2 BI projectsNot supportedNot supportedSupportedNot supported

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Article ID: 983332 - Last Review: March 24, 2011 - Revision: 3.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Developer
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Enterprise
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Developer
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 2010 Express
  • Microsoft Visual C# 2010 Express
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Express
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate
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