Great news. All the processes we had created for automating our deployments and builds in VSDB 2005 work in VSDB 2008. Bad news. All the work arounds and crutches we had to figure out and maintain are still necessary. I’ve heard that it makes the MS guys crazy, but we found that the only way to get the configurations to work with VSDB 2005, and now 2008, was to check-in the .USER file along with the code. This then needed to be checked out of source control, replacing the local copy (and heaven help you if you don’t use a forced get on the check out) before doing any work with the project.
I did a full build & deploy from 2008 through our usual batch file. No problems at all.
Ah well, it makes getting my presentation together for PASS easier since I won’t have to radically change anything.
That assumes that there are no show-stoppers in the new GDR version. I’m going to check on that now.