SQL Server

Since database are usually designed in development environments, migrating changes over to other environments (e.g. QA and production) is not a trivial task.  This is because SQL Server does not have any built-in tools to compare database schemas. 

There are quite a few third-party tools that would make your life easier, most notably, Red Gate’s SQL Compare (reasonably priced around $300).

At times, buying a commercial tool is not really an option, so one must resort to googling for free tools.  There are three such tools that I am aware of:

  1. SQLDBDiff by SQLDBTools
    A very decent tool that comes in both freeware and shareware versions.  Freeware version is not badly crippled; only advanced features such as multi-database comparison, data content comparison, etc. are disabled.
  2. Database Schema Comparison Utility
    This is a Code Project article that comes with C# source code of a schema comparison utility.  The utility itself is pretty bare-bone, but gets the job done.
  3. StarInix Free Database Compare 2.0
    I have not used this tool, but from the advertised feature list, it looks pretty good.  Most notably, in addition to SQL Server, this tool works with Access and MySQL databases.

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