Consider the following scenario:

  • We have a SSDT database project.
  • We add a new column to the middle of a table.
  • This forces the database project to rebuild the table in order to deploy the change.
  • We publish this SSDT database project with the setting “Block incremental deployment if data loss might occur” enabled.
  • Because we have the above setting enabled, and (also, I think) the table is being rebuilt the deployment (correctly) throws an error saying data loss may occur.

My question is this: Can we rely on the fact that whenever the table needs to be rebuilt as part of a SSDT publish this error will be thrown?

  • Are you adding a NOT NULL column? – Dan Guzman Feb 5 '15 at 13:26
  • No, I was adding a NULL column or a NOT NULL column with a DEFAULT. – jacobappleton Feb 5 '15 at 17:46

Yes, you can rely on that. When you enable the "BlockOnDataLoss" attribute what actually happens is that SSDT adds to the deployment script a check like this one

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