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  • Blog Post: Balanced Data Distributor (BDD) for SQL Server 2012 is Now Available

    The Balanced Data Distributor (BDD) transform has updated and released for SQL Server 2012 . The BDD transform makes it easy to split your data flow up on a buffer-by-buffer basis. The two primary scenarios for it are when you want to do parallel inserts into a destination… … and when you want to parallel...
  • Blog Post: SSIS Presentations from SQL Bits Available Online

    Three slide decks from the SSIS presentations I did at SQL Bits X in London have been posted online. These include: SSIS Performance Design Patterns – full day training session! What’s New in SSIS for SQL Server 2012 – breakdown of the new features and functionality in SQL Server 2012 SSIS Catalog –...
  • Blog Post: SSIS Catalog - Backup and Restore

    Integration Services catalog (SSISDB) uses the encryption mechanism available in SQL Server to protect its sensitive data. So backup and restore of SSIS catalog across machines need some extra steps in addition to the usual backup and restore steps. This post describes all the steps involved in backup...
  • Blog Post: Changing Variable Scope and other Enhancements

    In SQL Server 2012, SSIS includes some very useful enhancements to package variables. You can now change the scope of an existing package variable. Just select the variable in the Variables window and click the new Move Variable icon. Then, in the Select New Scope dialog box, select the package...
  • Blog Post: Script Component Debugging in SSIS 2012

    In SQL Server 2012, you can now debug the Script component by setting breakpoints and running the package in SQL Server Data Tools ( replaces BIDS ) . When the package execution enters the Script component, the VSTA IDE reopens and displays your code in read-only mode. After execution reaches...
  • Blog Post: 5 Tips for a Smooth SSIS Upgrade to SQL Server 2012

    A new whitepaper on upgrading SSIS to SQL Server 2012 is now available . Summary: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Integration Services (SSIS) provides significant improvements in both the developer and administration experience. This article provides tips that can help to make the upgrade to Microsoft SQL...
  • Blog Post: Raw File Improvements

    There have been a couple of improvements made to the Raw File Source and Destination in RC0 . The Raw file format now contains Sort information The Destination saves all sort info (including the Comparison Flags for string columns) The Source reads and honors the sort info The Raw File Destination UI...
  • Blog Post: The Pivot Transform – Now with UI!

    One of the post-CTP3 changes for SSIS in SQL Server 2012 is the addition of a user interface for the Pivot transform. This post walks through the new UI, which can be found in the new RC0 preview release. Sample Data For this example, we’ll be pulling data from the AdventureWorks sample database. We...
  • Blog Post: SSIS and PowerShell in SQL Server 2012

    This post is from Parth Shah, a Software Development Engineer in Test on the SSIS Team. Previously we have talked about SSIS Catalog Managed Object Model . For those of you don’t remember what MOM is or have not heard of it before, think about MOM as a set of APIs that allow you to automate configuring...
  • Blog Post: What’s New in SSIS for SQL Server 2012 RC0

    At the 2011 PASS Summit I presented a Top 10 list of features that had been added since CTP3 , or hadn’t gotten much attention so far. Now that the SQL Server Release Candidate 0 (RC0) available , I can start blogging about them! I’ll continue to post more details over the next couple of weeks. Top 10...
  • Blog Post: SSIS T-SQL API Overview

    Today’s post is from Carla Sabotta, lead writer for the Integration Services team. It covers the stored procedures and Views that make up the API for the new SSIS Catalog in SQL Server Denali. You can use Transact-SQL views and stored procedures to manage objects in the new Integration Services catalog...
  • Blog Post: Package Format Changes in SQL Server Denali

    We made some significant changes to the .dtsx file package format in SQL Server Denali. The goal of these changes was to make the SSIS package format easier to read, and easier to diff when working with source control systems. Some of the changes around data flows (specifically, the way we persist lineage...
  • Blog Post: Changes to the Execute Package Task

    Todays post is from Terri Chen, a developer on the SQL Server Integration Services team. -------------------------- SSIS has introduced new concepts in SQL Server “Denali”, such as the project deployment mode, projects and parameters . We have extended Execute Package Task accordingly to best use parameters...
  • Blog Post: Flat File Source Changes in Denali

    Nearly everyone uses the flat file source adapter, and nearly everyone that uses it runs into a common set of challenges. In Denali, we’ve made a couple of key enhancements to the Flat File Source to support the most commonly asked-for options: Delimited files with varying numbers of columns per row...
  • Blog Post: Configuring Projects and Packages Using Parameters

    Today’s post is from Rakesh Parida, an SDET on the SQL Server Integration Services team. ------------------------------------------------ With SQL Server ‘Denali’, we introduce the new paradigm of parameters. Parameters are objects within the SSIS packages whose values can be predetermined or easily...
  • Blog Post: Deploying to the SSIS Catalog

    Today’s post is from Ranjeeta Nanda. Ranjeeta is an SDET (Software Development Engineer in Test) on SQL Server Integration Services team. She has been with the team since May 2004. Before joining Microsoft, she worked at Merkle Direct Marketing, Maryland. She has done her Masters in Computer Science...
  • Blog Post: Migrating Your Projects to Denali

    Today’s post is from Carla Sabotta, lead writer for the SQL Server Integration Services team. It covers the new Integration Services Migration Wizard, which has been renamed to the “Project Conversion Wizard” in recent builds. Enjoy! ------------------------------------------...
  • Blog Post: SSIS - What’s New in SQL Server Denali

    What’s new in SSIS? In a word: Lots . It’s been a lot of fun showing off the new SSIS features and functionality – the hardest part has been fitting it all into a 60 minute timeslot. This CTP is close to feature complete – the rest of the time we have for the Denali release...
  • Blog Post: Using Knowledge to Cleanse Data with Data Quality Services

    Elad Ziklik presented a great Data Quality Services session at TechEd last week, and it is now available online . The session covers the new DQS product that will appear in the next Denali CTP. He describes how to create a knowledge base and build up domain rules so that you can perform your own data...
  • Blog Post: What’s New in “Denali” for SSIS – TechEd 2011

    I presented a “What’s New in Microsoft SQL Server Code-Named Denali for SQL Server Integration Services” talk at TechEd last week, which is now available online . It will show you a sneak peak of what we’ll be delivering in the next CTP of Denali . The first half of the presentation covers designer improvements...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Customer-Ready videos on Channel 9

    Channel 9 has posted a series of videos that talk about what’s coming up in SQL Server Denali. These short (< 10 minutes each) videos are done by members of the engineering team, and are meant to give customers a peek into the goals and visions on why certain SQL Server features were implemented....
  • Blog Post: LEFT Function in SSIS Expressions

    There are a number of small changes to Integration Services in SQL Server Denali that might not be immediately apparent. One of these is the new LEFT function in the SSIS Expression language .   This new function provides a simpler way to get the first part of string expression - prior to Denali...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Denali – What’s Coming Next in SSIS

    Thanks to everyone who attended my session at SQL PASS yesterday. The recording of the session isn’t available yet, but thankfully, Steve Swartz, the Group Program Manager for the SSIS team, presented the same content about SQL Server Denali at TechEd Europe. The video is available online (for both download...
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