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  • A New Version of SSDT is Available

    Microsoft released an update to SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) 2016 on 20 Sep 2016 – the tool used to design databases, SSIS, SSRS, and SSAS solutions. I can hear you thinking, “How do I get the update, Andy?” You can get version 14.0.60918.0 here. If you have the installer for SQL Server 2016 handy, you can get to the download link very ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on September 21, 2016
  • I Was Wrong (About the SSIS Catalog)

    I apologize for misleading people who read my writings and have heard me speak on the topic of the SSIS Catalog. Here’s what I recently realized: The execution_id is different from the operation_id in the SSISDB database. In the past, I complained about the execution_id and operation_id being the same value and meaning different things. To be ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on September 21, 2016
  • I’m Presenting at SQL Saturday Charlotte (#560) Next Saturday!

    I’m honored and all giggly with anticipation about presenting at SQL Saturday 560 in Charlotte next Saturday, 17 Sep 2016! I’m presenting Biml and SSIS Frameworks, and I hope to see many of you there. For the SSIS Frameworks part of my presentation, I’m using SSIS Framework Community Edition, a free and open source SSIS Framework from Enterprise ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on September 10, 2016
  • The Basics of Biml – the Execute SQL Task

    A couple years ago, I wrote a series of guest posts about the Basics of SSIS for my friend Pinal Dave’s [Blog | @pinaldave] popular blog, SQL Authority. In that series, I pointed out that I use only a handful of SSIS Control Flow tasks when designing SSIS packages. You can find the series here: Execute SQL Task Data Flow Task ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on September 9, 2016
  • The Basics of Biml – Populating the Biml Relational Hierarchy

    In this post, I’m going to demonstrate how to build the objects Business Intelligence Markup Language (Biml) requires before creating anything – the Biml Relational Hierarchy. The Biml Relational Hierarchy provides the foundation for all relational interaction between packages, cubes, dimensions, facts, and T-SQL. It’s important to note that Biml ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on September 6, 2016
  • Announcing SSIS Catalog Compare v1.0

    We’re proud to announce the release of SSIS Catalog Compare v1.0! SSIS Catalog Compare compares the contents of two SSIS Catalog instances, surfacing SSIS project-related configurations metadata in treeview controls. Data Integration Lifecycle Managers, DevOps personnel, and configuration and release managers can script configurations metadata ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 29, 2016
  • Announcing Biml Academy 2!

    Biml Academy 2 – Lessons 5-9 – will be 15-19 Aug 2016. Each 1-hour session will begin at 1:00 PM EDT and will be recorded. Join Cathrine Wilhelmsen (blog), BimlHero and Microsoft Data Platform MVP, Scott Currie (creator of Biml and Mist), and me as we explore staging and loading data using SSIS packages generated by Biml. Monday 15 Aug: ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 1, 2016
  • Stop an SSIS Package

    There are several ways to stop and executing SSIS package. If the package is executing in the SSIS Catalog, you can use the SSISDB.[catalog].stop_operation stored procedure. Stop_operation has one parameter – a bigint named @operation_id. You can execute the stored procedure thus: exec SSISDB.[catalog].stop_operation @operation_id = ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on July 25, 2016
  • Use Biml to Remove Spaces from Flat File Column Names

    I hate a space in a database column name. Kent Bradshaw and I are updating our demo for loading National Provider Index (NPI) file data (We plan to present on this soon… more later…). The NPI files currently have 329 fields and almost every one of them contains spaces: I had 5 minutes, so I decided to fix it with Biml. I first created an SSIS ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on July 6, 2016
  • Migrating SSIS Projects and Parameters, Part 1 is Live at SQL Server Central!

    Have you ever moved an SSIS project from one SSIS Catalog to another? With Catalog Environments and References? If you haven’t, you may be in for a surprise when you try. First, why should you try? “SSIS is software development.” – Andy, circa 2008 Best practices for software development apply to SSIS. One of those practices is: Never ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on June 21, 2016
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