If you are doing an xcopy deployment of BIDS Helper, or experience any issues with the Biml Package Generator, please review the items on this page to make sure your environment is configured for the best experience. None of these are required to use the Biml Package Generator, but they make it more enjoyable.
- Make sure that Biml.xsd has been copied to the Visual Studio registered schemas folder. This will enable Intellisense when working with Biml files in BIDS. Biml.xsd can be extracted from Biml.zip and copied to \Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8.0\Xml\Schemas for a BIDS 2005 installation, and to \Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Xml\Schemas for a BIDS 2008 installation. If you are running on a 64-bit operating system, the paths will start with \Program Files (x86)\ instead of \Program Files\.
- If you don't want to copy Bml.xsd to the schemas directory, you can associate it with a Biml file in the Visual Studio environment. To do this, open the Biml file in BIDS, and then open the Properties window (F4 is the default shortcut). Select the Schemas property, and click the ellipsis button to browse to your location for Biml.xsd. If you take this approach, you will have to re-associate the .xsd each time you open a Biml file.