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SSIS

Zip Files in SSIS

Of the very many things SQL Server Integration Services does well, one of its shortcomings is that it does not have a built-in way to create compressed archive (ZIP) files. Generating such files is a common need in ETL processes, so it’s surprising that the fifth generation of SSIS still does not have a native task to manage this operation….


SSIS Package Validation

SSIS Package Validation in the Catalog

Built into the SQL Server Integration Services catalog is the ability to run a validation without actually executing the package. Running a package validation in the SSIS catalog performs a high-level check against the underlying metadata to check for common points of failure (especially those related to data flows). SSIS package validation is not designed to capture every metadata issue,…


SSIS Data Taps

SSIS Data Taps

One of my favorite testing features of SSIS is also one of the most underutilized. SSIS data taps were introduced with the SSIS catalog in SQL Server 2012 as a way to capture data within one leg of a data flow task and write it out to a file for testing or auditing purposes. In this brief post, I’ll show…


Parameterizing Settings in SSIS

A Shortcut for Parameterizing Settings in SSIS

I’ve written quite a bit about the benefit of externalizing changing values in SSIS packages. Moving static values such as connection strings and file paths to a configurable input makes easier the tasks of testing, changing, and auditing the process in the future. The short and generic story here is: don’t hard code values that can change. In SQL Server…


A Better Way to Execute SSIS Packages with T-SQL

There are several ways to execute SSIS packages that have been deployed to the SSIS catalog, and my favorite way of performing this task is to execute SSIS packages with T-SQL. There are a couple of challenges that come up when executing catalog-deployed packages using the default settings in T-SQL, but I have workaround for those issues which I’ll cover…


DevConnections 2016

Speaking at DevConnections 2016

I am excited to share that I will be presenting at the DevConnections conference in Las Vegas in October of this year. This is my fourth (if I remember correctly) time to have spoken at DevConnections, and the first time I will have delivered a full-day workshop there. This year I will present one workshop and two regular presentations: Building…


Get Your Email Out of my ETL

Question from someone in one my recent classes: “What tool do you use to send email from ETL processes?” My response: “I don’t.” The tl;dr version of this post is I let my extract-transform-load processes do just ETL, and leave notifications to the scheduling system where they belong. Get Your Email Out of my ETL Before you read any further,…


SSIS Training

SSIS Training Classes for Summer 2016

If you are looking for affordable, high-quality training on SQL Server Integration Services, you may be interested in one of the two full-day workshops I have scheduled for August of this year. I’ll be taking my popular course Building Better SSIS Packages on the road to Baton Rouge, Louisiana and San Antonio, Texas. This course is designed for the data…


Custom File Delimiters in SSIS

Using Custom File Delimiters in SSIS

File-based ETL is usually dull. Most systems generate (or expect to consume) files that are delimited, with a common field separator such as comma, tab, or pipe. However, occasionally you’ll get an oddly formatted file with an unusual delimiter. Although it’s not obvious in the Visual Studio designer, SSIS is capable of consuming and generating files with custom delimiters. In…


Kicking the Tires on SSIS 2016

Last week I hosted a webinar in which I reviewed some of the coming changes for SQL Server Integration Services in SQL Server 2016. The current beta of SSIS 2016 has some exciting new features that I think you’ll like. The recording of that webinar is below. Enjoy!