Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Creating SSIS Template Package

One of the most desired feature in SSIS packages development is re-usability. Being a developer, you may need standard packages that can be re-used during different ETL development. In SSIS, this can be easily achieved using template features. SSIS template packages are the re-usable packages that one can use in any SSIS project any number of times.

You can reuse these items when you use a package template to create a new package. You may want to reuse the following items in a package template: 
  1. Connection Managers and Log Providers: Log Provider is common thing in almost all the packages. You can create a package that includes a connection manager and a log provider. You can also use that package as a template for other packages.
  2. Common Variables and Configurations: In most of the packages you may use common variables and same configurations.
  3. Event Handlers: You may need to use same event handlers or error handling across ETL packages in a project.
  4. Send Mail tasks: You can create a package that contains an SMTP connection manager, a Send Mail task, and a property expression to build the Subject line. Use this package as a template to create other packages that notify you by e-mail when the package runs successfully or generates an error.
  5. Common Task: I have seen many projects where many tasks are common across 70% packages e.g. Execute SQL Task, Data Flow elements, and Control Flow elements. It may differ project to project but its always good idea to encapsulate the common task in a tamplate and use it wherever required. 
How to create SSIS Template Package
Below are the steps to create a new package template in SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio:
1. Start SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio. Click File, point to New, and then click Project.
2. In the New Project window, click Business Intelligence Projects, and then click Integration Services Project under Visual Studio installed templates, type a name for the project, and then click OK.

3. Add the items that you want from the Toolbox to the Package.dtsx file. Once you are done with pachake template development, Click File, and then click Save Selected Items.
Note: Give a package name that describes the functionality of the package.

4. Click File, and then click Save Copy of PackageName As. Here filename is the name of package.
In the Save Copy of Package dialog box, click File System in the Package location box, type the following path in the Package path box, and then click OK. In this path, drive is the hard disk where Microsoft Visual Studio is installed:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\IDE\PrivateAssemblies\ProjectItems\DataTransformationProject\DataTransformationItems

Note: Type the path of the Visual Studio 2005 folder in the Package path box in case you didn't use the default location to install Visual Studio.

How to use the Package template in other Project or Solution
1. Start SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio. Click File, point to New, and then click Project.
2. In the New Project window, click Business Intelligence Projects, and then click Integration Services Project under Visual Studio installed templates, type a name for the project, and then click OK.

3. In Soultion Explorer, right click on Project name, click on Add and then New Item... Under Visual Studio installed templates, click the template that you want, type a name for the template, and then click Add. In the below screen-shot, MyPkgTemplate is a template I saved in my system.

Note: The default name for the template in the Name box is the name of the template plus an incremented counter. For example, if the template name is MyPkgTemplate.dtsx, the default name is MyPkgTemplate1.dtsx.

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