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When you’re trying to open your SSIS or SSRS solution, you will get a message that the migration has failed or ‘The application which this project type is based on was not found.

You can open rptproj files with Visual Studio 2017 with an extension.  Follow the following steps to get going.

  1. Open ‘Microsoft Visual Studio 2017‘.
  2. In the menu bar, expand ‘Tools‘, then choose ‘Extensions & Updates‘. to install an extension.
  3. Search for ‘Microsoft Reporting Services Projects‘, and install this extension.
  4. To complete the installation, shut down all windows and instances of Microsoft Visual Studio 2017. Then the installer will start.
  5. Try to open your solution or projects (*.rptproj) again.

Attaching from within Visual Studio to the dotnet.exe process Debug – Attach to Process



This works fine, however to me seems too many clicks/steps to do efficiently.

I have used for many years an extension to make this much easier.  There are a number of these ‘Attach To’ type extensions available.  The one I am using right now is AnotherAttachToAny

Once installed, I then set keystroke shortcut keys to execute the above steps.  This is how it is currently configured to me.  You can see I have Alt-A setup to immediately attach to the w3process (IIS), and Alt-D attaches to dotnet.exe.  This is one keystroke to attach to the running process and any breakpoints within my .net code are hit and I can then step through.


Configuration of this extension is done through Tools – Options – Another Attach To Any


Setting up a keystroke to one of the above commands is done through Tools – Options – Keyboard


This single extension has saved me hundreds of hours Smile

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