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Five third-party SQL Server schema comparison tools


Choosing a schema comparison tool

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The products we've covered provide a good starting point if you're considering a schema comparison tool. However, each product does a lot more than what is described here. And there are a plenty of other schema comparison tools out there, each offering a variety of features in addition to the basic ones you'd expect with such tools. Be sure to review the product documentation before making a decision. Also, be sure to test the product. Most tools let you try them out. But before you buy, know what you need. What SQL Server versions does your organization support? Do you use source control for your database development? Are your database deployments part of a continuous integration process? A schema comparison tool can be an invaluable resource for database developers and administrators, as long as the tool provides them with what they need and works the way they expect it to work.

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