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Is there anyway to work round this. I think I might have asked this question before but then got moved to a different project and never got an answer.
I have a web application which was built using VS 2008 and SQL 2005 which worked great, we moved it to SQL2008 and now to SQL2012 and it works, but now I have been asked to add more usage to it so I built the tables and stored procedures in the database.
I am now trying to add the tables and stored procedures to the dbml file, but when I try to connect to the SQL server I get a
This server is not supported. Only servers up to Microsoft SQL Server 2005 are Supported."

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How can I put a mapping to the new table and stored procedures from the application to the SQL 2012 DB.

Any help would be greatly appreciated and if you need me to clarify anything I will ASAP.

Thanks in advance.
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by:Nakul Vachhrajani
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For Visual Studio to connect to and work with SQL Server 2012, I believe you will need to download and install SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) for SQL Server 2012.
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It looks like I already had installed this. I have 3 different version of VS on my PC (2008, 2012, 2015), but this error is only in VS 2008
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Ok. What is the patch level of Visual Studio 2008? VS2008 SP1 introduced the support for SQL 2012 and hence I am wondering if your are on a lower patch-level for Visual Studio 2008.
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by:Niall292
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Looking up Service Pack 1 (KB947888) and (KB948484) are both installed.

Thank you for taking the time to help with this
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by:Nakul Vachhrajani
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You may also need to change the provider:

Open VS | Tools | Connect to Database | Microsoft SQL Server
Change the Data Provider from .NET Framework Data Provider for SQL Server to .NET Framework Data Provider for OLE DB
Leave the “Always use this selection” checked and click Continue.
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I tried this and it gives me a different error. I am using something now which so far it looks like it's working. Instead of trying to drag the new tables and stored procedures into the dbml. I am adding them by using a Partial class (dataContext) and building the table there and pointing and mapping to the tables in the DB.
So far it seems to be working great. Let you know when I have it complete
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I was able to do all CRUD methods after building the tables by code in a partial class DataContext. I had to use Linq to SQL (which I don't mind) to go directly to the tables as I couldn't get executing stored procedures to work.
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This solution give me what I needed for now until we can update the whole application to 2015
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