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Step 4: Adding Package Configurations

In this task, you will add a configuration to each package. Configurations update the values of package properties and package objects at run time.

Integration Services provides a variety of configuration types. You can store configurations in environment variables, registry entries, user-defined variables, SQL Server tables, and XML files. To provide additional flexibility, Integration Services supports the use of indirect configurations. This means that you use an environment variable to specify the location of the configuration, which in turn specifies the actual values. The packages in the Deployment Tutorial project use a combination of XML configuration files and indirect configurations. An XML configuration file can include configurations for multiple properties, and when appropriate, can be referenced by multiple packages. In this tutorial, you will use a separate configuration file for each package.

Configuration files frequently contain sensitive information such as connection strings. Therefore, you should use an access control list (ACL) to restrict access to the location or folder where you store the files, and give access only to users or accounts that are permitted to run packages. For more information, see Access to Files Used by Packages.

The packages (DataTransfer and LoadXMLData) that you added to the Deployment Tutorial project in the previous task need configurations to run successfully after they are deployed to the target server. To implement configurations, you will first create the indirect configurations for the XML configuration files, and then you will create the XML configuration files.

You will create two configuration files, DataTransferConfig.dtsConfig and LoadXMLData.dtsConfig. These files contain name-value pairs that update the properties in packages that specify the location of the data and log files used by the package. Later, as a step in the deployment process, you will update the values in the configuration files to reflect the new location of the files on the destination computer.

Integration Services recognizes that the DataTransferConfig.dtsConfig and LoadXMLData.dtsConfig are dependencies of the DataTransfer and LoadXMLData packages, and automatically includes the configuration files when you create the deployment bundle in the next lesson.

To create indirect configuration for the DataTransfer package

  1. In Solution Explorer, double-click DataTransfer.dtsx.

  2. In SSIS Designer, click anywhere in the background of the control flow design surface.

  3. On the SSIS menu, click Package Configurations.

  4. In the Package Configuration Organizer dialog box, select Enable package configurations if it is not already selected, and then click Add.

  5. On the welcome page of the Package Configuration Wizard, click Next.

  6. On the Select Configuration Type page, select XML configuration file in the Configuration type list, select the Configuration location is stored in an environment variable option, and type DataTransfer, or select the DataTransfer environment variable in the list.

    Note Note

    To make the environment variable available in the list, you may have to restart your computer after adding the variable. If you do not want to restart the computer, you can type the name of the environment variable.

  7. Click Next.

  8. On the Completing the Wizard page, type DataTransfer EV Configuration in the Configuration name box, review the configuration contents in the Preview pane, and then click Finish.

  9. Close the Package Configuration Organizer dialog box.

To create the XML configuration for the DataTransfer package

  1. In Solution Explorer, double-click DataTransfer.dtsx.

  2. In SSIS Designer, click anywhere in the background of the control flow design surface.

  3. On the SSIS menu, click Package Configurations.

  4. In the Package Configuration Organizer dialog box, select the Enable Package Configurations check-box, and then click Add.

  5. On the welcome page of the Package Configuration Wizard, click Next.

  6. On the Select Configuration Type page, select XML configuration file in the Configuration type list and then click Browse.

  7. In Select Configuration File Location dialog box, navigate to C:\DeploymentTutorial and type DataTransferConfig in the File name box, and then click Save.

  8. On the Select Configuration Type page, click Next.

  9. On the Select Properties to Export page, expand DataTransfer, Connection Managers, Deployment Tutorial Log, and Properties, and then select the Connection String check-box.

  10. Within Connection Managers, expand NewCustomers, and then select the Connection String check-box.

  11. Click Next.

  12. On the Completing the Wizard page, type DataTransfer Configuration in the Configuration name box, review the content of the configuration, and then click Finish.

  13. In the Package Configuration Organizer dialog box, verify that DataTransfer EV Configuration is listed first, and DataTransfer Configuration is listed second, and then click Close.

To create indirect configuration for the LoadXMLData package

  1. In Solution Explorer, double-click LoadXMLData.dtsx.

  2. In SSIS Designer, click anywhere in the background of the control flow design surface.

  3. On the SSIS menu, click Package Configurations.

  4. In the Package Configuration Organizer dialog box, Click Add.

  5. On the welcome page of the Package Configuration Wizard, click Next.

  6. On the Select Configuration Type page, select XML configuration file in the Configuration type list, select the Configuration location is stored in an environment variable option, type LoadXMLData or select the LoadXMLData environment variable in the list.

    Note Note

    To make the environment variable available in the list, you may have to restart your computer after adding the variable.

  7. Click Next.

  8. On the Completing the Wizard page, type LoadXMLData EV Configuration in the Configuration name box, review the content of the configuration, and then click Finish.

To create the XML configuration for the LoadXMLData package

  1. In Solution Explorer, double-click LoadXMLData.dtsx.

  2. In SSIS Designer, click anywhere in the background of the control flow design surface.

  3. On the SSIS menu, click Package Configurations.

  4. In the Package Configuration Organizer dialog box, select the Enable Package Configurations check-box, and click Add.

  5. On the welcome page of the Package Configuration Wizard, click Next.

  6. On the Select Configuration Type page, select XML configuration file in the Configuration type list and click Browse.

  7. In Select Configuration File Location dialog box, navigate to C:\DeploymentTutorial and type LoadXMLDataConfig in the File name box, and then click Save.

  8. On the Select Configuration Type page, click Next.

  9. On the Select Properties to Export page, expand LoadXMLData, Executables, Load XML Data, and Properties, and then select the [XMLSource].[XMLData] and [XMLSource].[XMLSchemaDefinition] check boxes.

  10. Click Next.

  11. On the Completing the Wizard page, type LoadXMLData Configuration in the Configuration name box, review the content of the configuration, and then click Finish.

  12. In the Package Configuration Organizer dialog box, verify that the LoadXMLData EV Configuration is listed first, and the LoadXMLData Configuration is listed second, and then click Close.

Step 5: Testing the Updated Packages

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