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Step 2: Adding and Configuring Logging

In this task, you will enable logging for the data flow in the Lesson 4.dtsx package. Then, you will configure a Text File log provider to log the PipelineExecutionPlan and PipelineExecuteTrees events. The Text Files log provider creates logs that are easy to view and easily transportable. The simplicity of these log files makes these files especially useful during the basic testing phase of a package. You can also view the log entries in the Log Events window of SSIS Designer.

To add logging to the package

  1. On the SSIS menu, click Logging.

  2. In the Configure SSIS Logs dialog box, in the Containers pane, make sure that the topmost object, which represents the Lesson 4 package, is selected.

  3. On the Providers and Logs tab, in the Provider type box, select SSIS log provider for Text files, and then click Add.

    Integration Services adds a new Text File log provider to the package with the default name SSIS log provider for text files. You can now configure the new log provider.

  4. In the Name column, type Lesson 4 Log File.

  5. Optionally, modify the Description.

  6. In the Configuration column, click <New Connection> to specify the destination to which the log information is written.

    In the File Connection Manager Editor dialog box, for Usage type, select Create file, and then click Browse. By default, the Select File dialog box opens the project folder, but you can save log information to any location.

  7. In the Select File dialog box, in the File name box type TutorialLog.log, and click Open.

  8. Click OK to close the File Connection Manager Editor dialog box.

  9. In the Containers pane, expand all nodes of the package container hierarchy, and then clear all check boxes, including the Extract Sample Currency Data check box. Now select the check box for Extract Sample Currency Data to get only the events for this node.

    Important note Important

    If the state of the Extract Sample Currency Data check box is dimmed instead of selected, the task uses the log settings of the parent container and you cannot enable the log events that are specific to the task.

  10. On the Details tab, in the Events column, select the PipelineExecutionPlan and PipelineExecutionTrees events.

  11. Click Advanced to review the details that the log provider will write to the log for each event. By default, all information categories are automatically selected for the events you specify.

  12. Click Basic to hide the information categories.

  13. On the Provider and Logs tab, in the Name column, select Lesson 4 Log File. Once you have created a log provider for your package, you can optionally deselect it to temporarily turn off logging, without having to delete and re-create a log provider.

  14. Click OK.

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