Upgrading DTS Packages to Microsoft SQL Server Integration ...
Upgrading DTS Packages to Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services Brian Knight Founder Pragmatic Works BIN207 About the Speaker Brian is a SQL Server MVP
Founder of Pragmatic Works Co-founder of SQLServerCentral.com and JumpstartTV.com Written ten SQL Server books Trains at End to End Training (http://www.endtoendtraining.com) Failed Ad Campaign
Why Choose SSIS? 64bit support Parallel in-memory multi buffer architecture helps to load data several times faster than DTS Logging, configuration, CheckPoint etc. Source Safe Integration because everything is XML Many new tasks (e.g. Script Task, For Each Loop, XML Task etc.) that replace need for ActiveX
DTS vs. SSIS Engine Speed Test On 32 bit dual core machine Pulling 1 million rows out and writing to SQL table with no transformation SSIS 65% + faster than DTS Adding transformation would add more SSIS advantage Average Runtime
(seconds) DTS SSIS SQL Server Destination SSIS OLE DB
Destination 33.2 s 11.3 s 12.3 s Project Options
Run DTS in 2005 or 2008 Missing the package logs Runs under 32 bit Upgrade using MS Wizard Not compatible with most package Upgrade using DTS xChange Minutes per package
Starting from scratch About 3-6 hrs per package conservatively Running Packages Under 2005+ Need to download DTS Designer Components (part of SQL Server 2005 Feature Pack) Pro: Delays the upgrade hurdle
Con: Cannot create new packages (easily) Logging views historically in SQL Server 2000 not available Runs in 32 bit mode only (WOW) Support ceases in vNext demo
Running DTS Package in SQL Server 2005/2008 Microsoft Package Upgrade Wizard Built into SQL Server 2005/2008 Pros: Free Cons: Does not handle ODBC
Only handles a few types of text file use cases No Dynamic Properties Task No UDL or legacy database support in data pump Packages only have about a 20% chance of working demo Microsoft Package Upgrade Wizard Demo of MS Existing Wizard
Sample Upgrade Project Plan Scope and Number of Packages How long will it take you to migrate each type of task Use a tool to migrate Upgrade the ActiveX Script Task logic Test, test and test DTS xChange Feature Highlights Profiles DTS packages to help with a conversion project plan
Rapidly converts DTS Packages to SSIS (2005 or 2008) and applies SSIS best practices Converts tasks that are not handled by the existing SQL Server conversion wizard Includes a SSIS logging repository and reports for trending and alerting Includes BI xPress for new SSIS packages A Few of the Conversion Rules
Support for migration of children packages Logging to SQL Server, Text Files or via Event Handlers Consolidate Connection Managers Create configuration files automatically Create package transactions Checkpoints NULL handling Other Advantages
Handles text files properly Handles NULLs properly Handles ODBC for a source Migrates Dynamic Properties Tasks Advanced profiler to estimate your project Full validation of the output of the migration 94%+ package success rate in customer migrations over tens of thousands of packages
Error/Warning Trend Extract/Load Trend Runtime Trend demo Run Through Profiler Run Through Package Converter
Show SSIS Auditing Framework ActiveX Script Migration All tools mentioned migrate DTS ActiveX to ActiveX in SSIS ActiveX migrates to SSIS but you would not want to keep it there and it may not run Need for ActiveX Script Task has been replaced with built-in, easy to maintain SSIS tasks
File System Object = File System Task Mail objects = Send Mail Task (now has SMTP) ADO objects = Execute SQL Task demo DeActiveX Script Conversions BI xPress Product changing names from SSIS xPress
Helps audit, notify, manage and deploy packages Provides in code reusability in SSIS March release integrates with Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS) and Management Studio Get Notified On Failure Audit SSIS Packages
Deploy Packages Monitor SSIS Packages demo BI xPress Microsoft Program Partnership
Solution to remove DTS upgrade road block includes: DTS xChange BI xPress One year of support and maintenance SQL Server 2008 Training (performed online) Customer Testimonial Cigna Background:
Cigna wanted to upgrade to 64-bit SQL Server 2005 from 32-bit SQL 2000 to consolidate the number of servers. The challenge was migrating thousands of DTS packages on a timely basis. They purchased DTS xChange and have migrated half their environment in the past six months. Without DTS xChange Cigna estimates the upgrade would have taken years, the conversions would have been less precise and would have required significantly more testing resources. - Mark Weichman, DBA Manager
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