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Execute SQL Task Editor (General Page)

Updated: 5 December 2005

Use the General page of the Execute SQL Task Editor dialog box to configure the Execute SQL task and provide the SQL statement that the task runs.

To learn about running SQL statements in packages, see Execute SQL Task and Transact-SQL Reference (Transact-SQL).


Provide a unique name for the Execute SQL task in the workflow. The name that is provided will be displayed within SSIS Designer.


Describe the Execute SQL task. As a best practice, to make packages self-documenting and easier to maintain, describe the task in terms of its purpose.


Specify the maximum number of seconds the task will run before timing out. A value of 0 indicates an infinite time. The default is 0.

Stored procedures do not time out if they emulate sleep functionality by providing time for connections to be made and transactions to complete that is greater than the number of seconds specified by TimeOut. However, stored procedures that execute queries are always subject to the time restriction specified by TimeOut.


Specify the code page to use when translating Unicode values in variables. The default value is the code page of the local computer.


Specify the result type expected by the SQL statement being run. Choose among Single row, Full result set, XML, or None.


Choose the type of connection manager to use to connect to the data source. Available connection types include OLE DB, ODBC, ADO, ADO.NET and SQLMOBILE.

Related Topics: OLE DB Connection Manager, ODBC Connection Manager, ADO Connection Manager, ADO.NET Connection Manager, SQL Server Compact Edition Connection Manager


Choose the connection from a list of defined connection managers. To create a new connection, select <New connection...>.


Select the source type of the SQL statement that the task runs.

Depending on the connection manager type that Execute SQL task uses, you must use specific parameter markers in parameterized SQL statements.

Related Topics: Running Parameterized SQL Commands section in Execute SQL Task

This property has the options listed in the following table.

Value Description

Direct input

Set the source to a Transact-SQL statement. Selecting this value displays the dynamic option, SQLStatement.

File connection

Select a file that contains a Transact-SQL statement. Setting this option displays the dynamic option, FileConnection.


Set the source to a variable that defines the Transact-SQL statement. Selecting this value displays the dynamic option, SourceVariable.


Indicates whether the specified SQL statement to be run is a stored procedure. This property is read/write only if the task uses the ADO connection manager. Otherwise the property is read-only and its value is false.


Indicate whether the SQL statement is prepared. true skips preparation; false prepares the SQL statement before running it. This option is available only with OLE DB connections that support preparation.

Related Topics: Prepared Execution


Locate a file that contains a SQL statement by using the Open dialog box. Select a file to copy the contents of the file as a SQL statement into the SQLStatement property.

Build Query

Create an SQL statement using the Query Builder dialog box, a graphical tool used to create queries. This option is available when the SQLSourceType option is set to Direct input.

Parse Query

Validate the syntax of the SQL statement.

SQLSourceType = Direct input


Type the SQL statement to execute in the option box, or click the browse button (…) to type the SQL statement in the Enter SQL Query dialog box, or click Build Query to compose the statement using the Query Builder dialog box.

Related Topics: Query Builder

SQLSourceType = File connection


Select an existing File connection manager, or click <New connection...> to create a new connection manager.

Related Topics: File Connection Manager, File Connection Manager Editor

SQLSourceType = Variable


Select an existing variable, or click <New variable...> to create a new variable.

Related Topics: Integration Services Variables, Add Variable

Release History

5 December 2005

New content:
  • Added information about parameter markers in parameterized SQL statements.

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