Common package deployment scenarios
After you complete the development or modification of packages, you need to deploy them to a test environment for further testing or to a production environment. This section includes information about common tasks that you do to prepare Integration Services projects for deployment, create the deployment bundle, and install packages on the target computer.
- How to add packages and other files to an Integration Services project
- How to configure the deployment utility and build a project
- How to prepare to install packages on the target computer
- How to install packages, package dependencies, and other files
How to add packages and other files to an Integration Services project
The deployment bundle includes all packages in an Integration Services project. If you want to deploy only a subset of the packages, you must create a new Integration Services project and add those packages to the project. If you want to include packages from other projects, you must add the packages to the project from which you build the deployment utility. Integration Services automatically identifies and includes package dependencies in the deployment bundle, so you do not need to explicitly add those items to the project. Package dependencies include any configuration files that the package uses. On the other hand, the log files that the package uses are not automatically included. To decide whether you need to include the log files, you need to know whether the File connection manager creates a new file or uses an existing file. The easiest way to do this is to locate the pertinent File connection managers in the Connection Managers area of SSIS Designer, double-click it, and take a look at the Usage type option. If it is set to Create file, you do not need to include the log files, but if it is set to Existing file, and the file does not already exist on the target server, you do. Tasks such as the Execute SQL, XML, and WMI Data Reader tasks that execute language statements can be configured to use a direct input, a File connection, or a variable to provide the statement. If the task uses statements stored in a file, then you must add that file to the project. Again, if the file already exists on the target server, you need not do this.
If you add packages to the project, they are automatically added to the SSIS Packages folder; other items are added to the Miscellaneous folder.
How to Configure the Deployment Utility and Build a Project
Before the build process that Business Intelligence Development Studio provides for Integration Services projects will generate the deployment utility and create the deployment bundle that you use to install packages, you must update project properties. In Solution Explorer right-click the project and click Properties, or select the project and then click Properties on the Project menu. Figure 16-44 shows an example of the resulting dialog box.
Figure 16-44The Property Pages dialog box for the Integrations Services project, MyProject.
You need to configure only three properties for the deployment utility: AllowConfigurationChanges, CreateDeploymentUtility, and De¬ploy¬mentOutputPath. To show these properties, click Deployment Utility in the
To build the deployment utility when you run the build process, set the CreateDeploymentUtility property to True. The default value, binDeployment, of DeploymentOutputPath, specifies the folder relative to the Integration Services project for which you build the deployment utility to store the files in the deployment bundle.
Next, you right-click the Integration Services project and click Build. After the build process completes, the Deployment folder contains a deployment manifest,
How to prepare to install packages on the target computer
Depending on the configuration of the packages you want to deploy, you may have work to do on the target computer before packages can be run successfully in the new environment.
The following are some common tasks:
- Create environment variables. The environment variables that configurations use must exist on the target server.
- Create Registry keys. The Registry keys that configurations use must exist and they must include a value named Value. The value on the target computer can be a string or a DWORD.
- Create SQL Server tables for configurations. If you want to use a different SQL Server database than the one used during package development, you must re-create the configuration table in that database.
- Create SQL Server tables for log entries. If you want to use a different SQL Server database than the one used during package development, you must re-create the configuration table in that database.
- Create a share on the target computer to which you can copy the deployment bundle.
How to install packages, package dependencies, and other files
After you complete the build process to create the Deployment folder, you are ready to install the packages on the target computer.
To install packages on a different computer, follow these steps:
- Copy the Deployment folder to the target computer.
- Locate the deployment bundle and double-click the manifest file,
.SSISDeploymentManifest. The Package Installation Wizard starts.
- On the welcome page click Next.
- On the Deploy SSIS Packages page, choose whether to install packages to the SQL Server Database Engine or the file system. Also, decide whether to validate packages after installation.
- If installing on SQL Server, specify the server name and authentication type on the Specify Target SQL Server page.
- On the Select Installation Folder page, specify the folder in the file system for the package (in a file system installation) and for package dependencies.
- If any of the packages uses configurations, the Configure Packages page opens. On this page, you can edit configurations by updating values in the Value list.
- Depending on whether you decided to validate packages, the packages are validated.
Use the following table of contents to navigate to chapter excerpts, or click here to view Inside Integration Service Tools in its entirety.
Inside SQL Server Integration Services Tools
Part 1: Integration Services overview
Part 2: Integration Services tools overview
Part 3: Using Integration Services tools in business scenarios
Part 4: Common package development scenarios
Part 5:Common package deployment scenarios
Part 6: Common package management scenarios
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