BIML: Manually Configuring BIML Package Generator

Applicable to: SSAS Multidimensional | SSAS Tabular | SSRS | SSIS | Common

If you are doing an xcopy deployment of BI Developer Extensions, 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.

The simplest option is to 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 . The following tables shows the location of schemas folder for each version of Visual Studio.

Version Folder
2005 C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Xml\Schemas
2008 C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Xml\Schemas
2010 C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Xml\Schemas
2012 C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0\Xml\Schemas
2013 C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\Xml\Schemas

If you are running on a 32-bit operating system, your folders will start C:\Program Files\ instead of C:\Program Files (x86)\.

Alternatively if you don’t want to copy Biml.xsd to the schemas directory, you can manually associate it with a Biml file in the Visual Studio environment. To do this, open the Biml file in , 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.