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  • SSIS Team Blog

    Connecting to MySQL from SSIS

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    Update: See this follow-up post on writing data to MySQL . I've recently seen a bunch of questions about connecting to MySQL from SSIS, so I thought I'd give it a try. My overall findings was that while there were quirks, both the ODBC and ADO.Net...
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    Using XML Source

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    Providing a generic way to extract data from XML documents of any format is pretty complicated. The SSIS XML Source Adapter tries to do just that, to various degrees of success. XML Source is easiest to use when your input has a simple element/sub-element...
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    Data flow improvements in Katmai

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    As I previously mentioned , the current Katmai CTP contains a pretty major reworking of how data flow tasks get executed. Michael Entin has written up an overview of the changes that should be of interest to any long time SSIS users.
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    Stored procedures with output parameters

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    When executing Stored Procedures with the Execute SQL Task, SSIS passes the statement to the underlying provider without parsing it. While efficient, the different ways of handling the input between the various providers can be a little frustrating. I...
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    Report Authoring on the SSIS Catalog

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    After a short hiatus, the 30 Days of SSIS series is back! Today’s special guest post is from Jamie Thomson . -------------------------------------------- SSIS Catalog Log Tables As you may already have gleaned from earlier posts in the 30daysofSSIS series...
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    Accessing OLEDB Connection Managers in a Script

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    Accessing ADO.Net Connection Managers from an SSIS script task / script component is pretty easy – you just need to cast the object returned from AcquireConnection() to the appropriate class (i.e. SqlConnection if you’re using SQL Native Client). SqlConnection...
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    Data profiling task improvements

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    There's been some great feedback coming in about the new data profiling task. Jamie Thompson has a set of blog posts that cover all of the different profile options, and yesterday I read an interesting post from John Welch which describes a clever way...
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    Using Constraints and Expressions

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    Besides the regular Success and Failure constraints, you can create precedence constraints that are linked to an expression. In this example, I have a Script Task that determines the course for the workflow. Besides the pass and fail, I also...
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    Lookup cache modes

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    Over the past couple of months I've been putting together a presentation on the Lookup Transform. I presented most of it as a Chalk Talk at the MS BI Conference last week, and from the evaluation scores, it seems like it was pretty well received. I'll...
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    SQL Server Data Tools – Business Intelligence for Visual Studio 2012 released online

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    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...
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    What’s New in SSIS for SQL Server 2012 RC0

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    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...
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    SSIS 2012: Creating a Simple ETL Package Tutorial

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    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...
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    Handling Slowly Changing Dimensions in SSIS

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    I had a great time at PASS last week, and had a chance to talk to a lot of different SSIS users. One of the big topics seemed to be Slowly Changing Dimensions – I had a number of people ask for various improvements to the current Slowly Changing...
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    SSIS and Visual Studio 2010

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    UPDATE 2013-03-25 : To clarify, VS2010 support was added in the SQL 2012 release. We also support VS 2012 . --- There was a very lively connect issue about SSIS’ lack of support for VS 2010. Jeff Bernhardt recently posted an official reply...
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    What's new in SQL Server 2008 for SSIS - Part one

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    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...
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    Lookup Pattern: Range Lookups

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    Performing range lookups (i.e. to find a key for a given range) is a common ETL operation in data warehousing scenarios. It's especially for historical loads and late arriving fact situations, where you're using type 2 dimensions and you need to locate...
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    Writing to a MySQL database from SSIS

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    A couple of users reported being unable to use the ADO.NET destination to insert data into their mysql databases. When I originally tried this out , it worked, but it seems like changes made since the early 2008 CTPs have made us incompatible with MySQL...
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    XML Source - Making things easier with XSLT

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    As I wrote in my previous post , complex XML documents will produce multiple outputs when you're using the XML Source adapter. Most of the time it will be easier to pre-process your source file with XSLT to de-normalize it a bit. Reducing the number of...
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    Capture PRINT messages from a stored procedure

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    I recently helped with a customer issue where they had a long running stored procedure which output status messages periodically using PRINT statements. They wanted to capture these statements and output them into the SSIS log. Unfortunately, the Execute...
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    Lookup - Using the cache connection manager

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    Using the Cache Connection Manager (CCM) is a new option for the Lookup transform in SSIS 2008. The CCM provides an alternative to doing lookups against a database table using an OLEDB connection. This post will suggest some best practices for using...
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    Samples for creating SSIS packages programmatically

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    This is an index post for the series of posts with examples on how to create packages programmatically. Creating and adding tasks to a control flow is pretty straightforward, but programmatically adding data flow components can be tricky due to the interaction...
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    What's new in SQL Server 2008 for SSIS - Part two

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    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...
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    Roll your own Transfer SQL Server Objects task

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    Awhile back we went through a lot of customer feedback logged through the Connect site concerning the Transfer SQL Server Objects task. Some of these turned out to be bugs, but a lot of the reported issues stemmed from usability problems with the task...
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    EzAPI – Alternative package creation API

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    SSIS provides APIs to programmatically create dtsx packages. While we provide a managed wrapper layer for the runtime/control flow, you have to use the lower level COM wrappers (DTSPipelineWrap) to create your data flows – the usability of which could...
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    Migrating SQL Server 2000 Data Transformation Services (DTS) Packages to SQL Server 2012

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    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...
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