How to Promote SSIS Code in the Enterprise Lifecycle

I’ve written about Data Integration Lifecycle Management (DILM) tiers. To summarize, every enterprise needs at least four lifecycle management tiers: 1. Development – an environment in which developers have sysadmin privileges. 2. Test – another environment in which developers have sysadmin privileges. 4. Production – managed by production operations such as domain administrators, system administrators, …
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SSIS Catalog Compare vNext Preview

I am happy to announce that the next version of SSIS Catalog Compare is officially in Preview! What exactly does “Preview” mean? I’m glad you asked. It means I am sharing copies of SSIS Catalog Compare with users of the current version to get their feedback, find bugs, and help identify improvements. Here’s a screenshot: …
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SSIS Catalog Browser v0.6.4.0 Released

“There I was…” happy as a clam, rolling right along in my free webinar titled “Introduction to Lifting and Shifting SSIS to the Cloud” (you can view the recording if you missed it [registration required]). I opened Catalog Browser to show off this free utility from DILM Suite and “Guess what my code did?” “Exactly what you …
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Introduction to Configuring SSIS in the SSIS Catalog – 24 May 2018

Join me Thursday, 24 May for a free webinar: Introduction to Configuring SSIS in the SSIS Catalog! The SSIS Catalog is a flexible data integration framework. What’s wrong with that last sentence? “Flexible” is dual-edged – it means there’s some complexity. Fear not! Andy Leonard – SSIS author, trainer, and consultant – is here to …
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Parsing SSIS Catalog Messages for Lookup Performance, v2

A couple years ago I wrote Administering SSIS: Parsing SSIS Catalog Messages for Lookups. I’ve updated the script to return all Lookup Transformation performance messages captured by the SSIS Catalog with Basic logging enabled (the SSIS Catalog’s default Logging Level). Some smart data integration people recommend setting the SSIS Catalog Logging Level to Verbose and …
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Coming Soon: SSIS Catalog Compare Updates

I spent a lot of time this year writing and managing a book project. I will blog about that later, I promise. While I enjoy writing it really cuts into my play time. What do I do when I play? I write software. This weekend I cracked open the code for SSIS Catalog Compare and …
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Catalog Reports Update

I recently updated the Data Integration Lifecycle Management Suite (DILM Suite) Catalog Reports solution! Here’s a summary of the changes: I re-arranged fields on the Executions Report: I moved the links to the Overview, Messages, and Performance reports to the left in each (execution) row to support easier navigation. I added Previous and Next Execution …
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A Basic SSIS Catalog Dashboard in Power BI

Announcing the latest addition to the DILM Suite: Basic SSIS Catalog Dashboard in Power BI! This free download includes a T-SQL script to create a view in the SSIS Catalog database (SSISDB) and a Power BI template for viewing SSIS Catalog executions by Year, Month, Folder, Project, Package, and/or Execution Status. The Basic SSIS Catalog Dashboard …
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Updates to Integration Services Deployment Wizard

I’m doing a little writing and I noticed something different about the Integration Services Deployment Wizard. Specifically, the Select Destination page now looks like this: The Authentication dropdown – along with the User name and Password textboxes – are recent additions. I’m not sure if they’re part of the SSMS 17.2 installation or one of …
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