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  • Blog Post: SQL Server Data Tools – Business Intelligence for Visual Studio 2012 released online

    Today we are releasing SQL Server Data Tools – Business Intelligence for Visual Studio 2012 (SSDT BI) templates. With SSDT BI for Visual Studio 2012 you can develop and deploy SQL Server Business intelligence projects. Projects created in Visual Studio 2010 can be opened in Visual Studio 2012 and...
  • Blog Post: SSIS 2012: Creating a Simple ETL Package Tutorial

    There is now a SSIS 2012 version of the "Creating a Simple ETL Package Tutorial". The tutorial and lesson packages work with the AdventureWorksDW2012 database. And, the tutorial includes a new Lesson 6 that shows you how to convert a project to the project deployment model and replace configuration values...
  • Blog Post: Deploy SSIS 2012 projects using catalog.deploy_project Stored Procedure

    In SQL Server 2012, you can use the catalog.deploy_project stored procedure to deploy an SSIS project to the SSIS server. You need to provide the binary contents of the project deployment file (.ispac extension), for the @project_stream parameter, along with the project name and the folder the project...
  • Blog Post: Scheduling SSIS Packages and SSIS Catalog Reports -- Doc Updates

    I’ve recently updated the SSIS documentation in Books Online (BOL), to add some details around setting SQL Agent job options for packages stored in the SSIS catalog, as well as in MSDB and the file system. I’ve also added some more information about the troubleshooting reports available...
  • Blog Post: Important Note about Upgrading to SSIS 2012

    When you upgrade to SQL Server 2012 Integration Services (SSIS) on a machine that has SSIS 2005 or 2008 installed, SSIS 2012 is installed side-by-side with the earlier version. Unlike upgrades to previous versions, the upgrade process does NOT remove the SSIS 2005 or 2008 files, service, and tools. ...
  • Blog Post: SSIS Sessions at the 2012 PASS Summit

    There are a whole bunch of SSIS sessions at the PASS Summit this year – I’m glad to see our product continues to be one of the most popular SQL topics around! Pre-Conference SSIS Design Patterns (BIA-299-P) - Andy Leonard , Jessica Moss , Matt Masson , Michelle Ufford , Tim Mitchell   Full day of...
  • Blog Post: Video about CDC for Oracle Databases in SSIS 2012

    This video presentation Rakesh Parida (MSFT) demonstrates how to perform CDC for Oracle databases using SSIS 2012. You'll learn how the CDC features work, how to create and administer the CDC service, as well as how to use logs and traces to troubleshoot the service. The video is availble online at...
  • Blog Post: Migrating SQL Server 2000 Data Transformation Services (DTS) Packages to SQL Server 2012

    SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) 2012 doesn't support migrating or running DTS packages. You do have the following options for migrating your DTS packages to SSIS 2012. Migrate the packages to SSIS 2005 or SSIS 2008, and then upgrade the packages to SSIS 2012. For information about migrating...
  • Blog Post: SSIS Case Study – Innovapost

    An interesting case study about how SSIS is used by Canada Post has recently been published . The article mentions how they built an SSIS scale-out solution which processes 10-15 GB of data per day (with four worker nodes). Definitely an interesting read! If you’d like to know more about building your...
  • Blog Post: Bulk Loading Data to Oracle

    In SQL Server 2005, and the non-Enterprise editions of SQL 2008/SQL 2008 R2, SSIS doesn't provide an out-of-the-box option for bulk loading Oracle data. Instead, SSIS components implement single row inserts to load data to Oracle. This can result in issues such as long load times and timeout during the...
  • Blog Post: CDC for Oracle in SQL Server 2012

    One of the new features introduced in SQL Server 2012 is the ability to use SQL Server CDC for tracking changes on an Oracle table. In the following post you will understand how to setup such a service for tracking changes on your Oracle tables. Configuring your Oracle server Before creating the service...
  • 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: SQL Server OLE DB Deprecation and Integration Services

    As you may already know, the SQL Native Client OLE DB provider is being deprecated. This doesn't affect other OLE DB providers or the OLE DB API. Also, the SSIS OLE DB components are not being deprecated. In SQL Server 2012 SSIS, you can continue to use OLE DB connections and will need to for components...
  • Blog Post: SSIS Team Now Hiring!

    The SSIS team is now hiring developers! Would you like to be a key part of a successful team that is rapidly increasing its impact on the multi-billion dollar Data Integration market? Are you enthusiastic about data integration, transformation, performance and scalability? If so, come join the SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: Changing the Data Viewer font size

    Did you know you could change the font size in a data viewer grid? If you’re like me and frequently demo SSIS on a big screen (or if you’re just tired of a 8 point font size), this is extremely handy. You can find the setting as a Visual Studio option: Tools –> Options… Environment –> Fonts &...
  • Blog Post: Something new for SSIS in SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP

    Ok, so it turns my previous post about R2 wasn’t entirely correct. SSIS does have one new feature which appears in the latest SQL Server 2008 R2 CTP . If you open up the ADO.NET Destination UI, you’ll notice a new “Use Bulk Insert when Possible” check box. Previously, the ADO.NET Destination...
  • Blog Post: SSIS Team Blog – Now in Chinese

    Xiaochen Wu, a member of our Shanghai team, has started a Chinese SSIS blog . He’s started it off by translating some of the posts I’ve done, and I’m sure he’ll find plenty of content in the future. I don’t know what the following text means, but I assume it’s the title of the blog :) SSIS 技术博客 分享SSIS使用心得和技巧
  • Blog Post: Matthew Roche on RunAs Radio

    Matthew recently did an interview for RunAs radio where he gives a really good overview of SSIS, DTS, and ETL in general. It's great if you're just getting started with SSIS, or need to sell someone else on the idea of using it!
  • Blog Post: SSIS sets an ETL world record

    They mentioned the TPC benchmark results at the SQL Server 2008 launch today. The final paragraph mentions a world record for ETL load performance. The fine folks who maintain the SQLPerf blog have posted details about the result , explaining how they were able to load over 1 TB of TPC-H data in under...
  • Blog Post: What's new in SQL Server 2008 for SSIS - Part two

    Change Data Capture (CDC) While not a direct SSIS feature, the new Change Data Capture functionality in 2008 can be taken advantage of in SSIS to do incremental loads. CDC captures changes to SQL Server tables (inserts, updates, deletes), and makes them available in an "easily-consumed, relational...
  • Blog Post: What's new in SQL Server 2008 for SSIS - Part one

    Improved Scripting SQL Server 2008 (Katmai) introduces VSTA as our new scripting engine, which replaces the old VSA engine used in SQL Server 2005 (Yukon). There are a number of advantages to the new engine, but I think the feature users are most excited about is that it allows you to use C# as a scripting...
  • Blog Post: SSIS Survey

    The SQL User Experience (SQLUX) and Integration Services team are currently conducting a survey on ETL practices. We hope to use this feedback in our planning for the Katmai end game, and follow up releases. If you fill out the survey before December 15th, 2007, you'll be entered in a draw to win one...
  • Blog Post: Running packages from custom applications

    There are a lot of different ways to run SSIS packages , and many situations call for a custom package launcher application. If you're coding your own launcher, one thing to keep in mind is that certain SSIS functionality (such as the Script task / component) requires a multithreaded apartment (MTA)...
  • Blog Post: First public Katmai CTP

    The first public community technology preview for SQL Server 2008 (code named Katmai) was announced at TechEd yesterday, and is now available for download. You can register here to download the developer editions, and post questions / comments / concerns in the special Katmai MSDN forums they have setup...
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