A few days ago the GDR R2 was released of the VSTS 2008 Database Edition. One of the interesting features of this release is the fact that the Database Edition doesn’t require a physical SQL Server Database anymore on the development machine. It is no longer necessary to install an instance of SQL Express or SQL Server prior to using the Database Edition.
In my opinion the Database Edition is one of the most underestimated Team System Client Edition. It’s THE tool to manage database changes and to extend your team’s productivity and to improve collaboration with the database team. On top of the inner strength of the standalone edition, it’s now free if you already have a license for the Development Edition. Be sure to check it out if you’re faced with all kinds of custom work to manage your different database environments in your development lifecycle.