Show All Projects in the Solution Explorer

If your like me, then you may have a little OCD and need everything to be completely organized in your environment.  BIDS has been annoying me in this respect lately.  I am working on creating a data warehouse and will be starting on the next portion of the project shortly.  I wanted to keep everything for it in the same solution, my warehouse ETL as well as the work on the Cube.  So I figure, create the solution and add a new project for the Cube.  So I create a new project and much to my dismay the solution explorer replaces my current project with the Analysis Services project.  Here is the way to get around that and show all your projects for a solution at the same time.

Click Tools and select Options.  Choose Projects and Solutions on the left panel.  Check the box next to Always show solution.

Now when you create a new project inside the solution, it will not remove the old project, it will show them together!  Enjoy!

Bradley Schacht

Bradley Schacht is a Cloud Solution Architect on the state and local government team with Microsoft based in Jacksonville, FL. He has co-authored 3 SQL Server books including "SQL Server 2014 Professional Administration". As a former consultant and trainer, he uses his experience on many parts of the Microsoft BI and data platform to help customers deliver the best possible solutions. Bradley frequently presents at community events around the country. He is a contributor to sites such as and an active member of the Jacksonville SQL Server User Group (JSSUG).

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