Synopses & Reviews
Don't let SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) intimidate you. Knight's 24-Hour Trainer: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services is a unique lesson-based book that walks you through the essential parts of SSIS without all of the fluff. Each lesson is streamlined to teach a specific component of SSIS, helping you to focus on just what you need in order to succeed in your job. If you learn better by getting your hands on the product, this book provides you with a step-by-step lab for each lesson with a video to accompany it.
The authors guide you from the ground-up and make no assumption of previous knowledge of SSIS. The 49 featured lessons help you develop a strong foundation for this highly marketable skill. Additionally, you'll get useful tools like cheat sheets on the SSIS expression language and you'll learn when to use each task.
Each lesson has three major components: a description of how to use the given SSIS feature, a tutorial, and an instructor-led video. No matter your learning style, you'll glean new information from each lesson with this unique style of training. It's like having a one-on-one instructor in your office showing you SSIS. Learning SSIS has never been so simple.
What you will learn from this book and DVD
- How to install and configure SSIS
How to create and edit tasks in the Control Flow
Methods for designing the core sources, transforms, and destinations of Data Flows
How to develop Control Flows with For Loop and Foreach Loop Containers
How to make your package dynamic with variables and expressions
Methods for updating your package remotely with configuration files and tables
Techniques for transferring information from parent to child packages
Techniques for loading a data warehouse using SSIS
Tips for troubleshooting common SSIS challenges
Who this book is for
This book is for SQL Server database administrators and developers who are new to SSIS.
Wrox guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think. Written by programmers for programmers, they provide a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.
This book and video package is geared at introducing DBAs and developers who are just starting to get a handle on Microsoft Business Intelligence tools, and SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) in particular. (It is therefore intended to be the first book you read---and the first video you watch--before moving on to Knight's Professional SQL Server 2008 Integration Services.) The book and accompanying video give the novice reader just enough experience with the product to start their first SSIS project.
The book tightly integrates instructional videos--provided on the book's accompanying DVD--with each of the hands-on lessons found in the book. Each lesson comprises three major components: a lesson which describes how a certain component or process works. a tutorial to walk a user through a micro-process a video where a user can walk through the lesson with the author.
A unique book-and-video package for learning Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services
If you need a practical, hands-on introduction to Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services (SSIS), this book and video package from foremost SSIS authority Brian Knight gets you thoroughly up to speed. Each lesson in the book includes three major components: a thorough description of how each SSIS feature or process works; a tutorial that walks you through the process or technique; and a video lesson that demonstrates it.
If you take full advantage of this comprehensive package, you will gain enough experience to tackle your first SSIS project with confidence.
- SQL Server Integration Services 2008 (SSIS) builds on the revolutionary database product suite first introduced by Microsoft in 2005 and is a powerful tool for performing extraction, transformation, and load (ETL) operations essential to data warehousing
- If you're just learning SSIS, the step-by-step tutorials in this book and DVD training package will ready you to tackle your own first project
- Every lesson in the book is supplemented by instructional video on the DVD
Note:As a part of this title, video lessons are included on DVD. For the e-book versions, video lessons can be accessed at wrox.com using a link provided in the interior of the e-book.
About the Author
, SQL Server MVP, MCITP, MCSE, MCDBA, is the owner and founder of Pragmatic Works. He is also the co-founder of SQLServerCentral.com and JumpstartTV.com. He runs the local SQL Server users group in Jacksonville (JSSUG). Brian is a contributing columnist at several technical magazines and does regular webcasts at Jumpstart TV. He is the author of ten SQL Server books. Brian has spoken at conferences like PASS, SQL Connections, and TechEd and many Code Camps. His blog can be found at http://www.pragmaticworks.com. Brian watches his 401k wither away in Jacksonville, Florida.
Devin Knight is a BI consultant at Pragmatic Works. Previously, he has tech edited the book Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). Devin has spoken at past conferences like PASS and at several SQL Saturday events. He is a contributing member to the Business Intelligence Special Interest Group (SIG) for PASS as a leader in the SSIS Focus Group. Making his home in Jacksonville, Florida, Devin is a participating member of the local users’ group (JSSUG). Visit his blog at http://pragmaticworks.com/community/blogs/.
Mike Davis (Jacksonville, Florida) is an author, developer, consultant, and trainer with Pragmatic Works. He has expertise in many areas of Business Intelligence including Integration Services, Reporting Services, Analysis Services, Database Administration, and .NET Software Development. Mike has created enterprise level BI and software solutions for numerous corporations. As a trainer he travels the world teaching classes on SQL Server and BI. He also participates as a speaker at events like SQL Saturdays, SQL Server launches, SQL server user groups, and SQL PASS. In his spare time Mike plays guitar and darts. He is a member of the North Florida Dart League.
Table of Contents
Welcome To SSIS.
Section I: Installation and Getting Started
Lesson 1: Moving Data with the Import and Export Wizard.
Lesson 2: Installing SQL Server Integration Services.
Lesson 3: Installing the Sample Databases.
Lesson 4: Creating a Solution and Project.
Lesson 5: Exploring Business Intelligence Development Studio.
Lesson 6: Creating Your First Package.
Section II: Tasks.
Lesson 7: Connecting Control Flow Tasks with Precedence Constraints.
Lesson 8: Manipulating Files with the File System Task.
Lesson 9: Coding Custom Script Tasks.
Lesson 10: Using the Execute SQL Task.
Lesson 11: Using the Send Mail Task.
Lesson 12: Using the FTP Task.
Lesson 13: Creating a Data Flow.
Section III: Data Flow.
Lesson 14: Extracting Data from Sources.
Lesson 15: Loading Data to a Destination.
Lesson 16: Changing Data Types with the Data Conversion Transform.
Lesson 17: Creating and Replacing Columns with the Derived Column Transform.
Lesson 18: Rolling Up Data with the Aggregate Transform.
Lesson 19: Ordering Data with the Sort Transform.
Lesson 20: Joining Data with the Lookup Transform.
Lesson 21: Auditing Data with theRow Count Transform.
Lesson 22: Combining Multiple Inputs with the Union All Transform.
Lesson 23: Cleansing Data with the Script Component.
Lesson 24: Separating Data with the Conditional Split Transform.
Lesson 25: Altering Rows with the OLE DB Command Transform.
Lesson 26: Handling Bad Data with the Fuzzy Lookup Transform.
Lesson 27: Removing Duplicates with the Fuzzy Grouping Transform.
Section IV: Variables and Expressions.
Lesson 28: Making a Package Dynamic with Variables.
Lesson 29: Making a Connection Dynamic with Expressions.
Lesson 30: Making a Task Dynamic with Expressions.
Section V: Containers.
Lesson 31: Using Sequence Containers to Organize a Package.
Lesson 32: Using For Loop Containers to Repeat Control Flow Tasks.
Lesson 33: Using the Foreach Loop Container to Loop Through a Collection of Objects.
Section VI: Configuration.
Lesson 34: Easing Deployment with Configuration Tables.
Lesson 35: Easing Deployment with Configuration Files.
Lesson 36: Configuring Child Packages.
Section VII: Troubleshooting and Logging.
Lesson 37: Logging Package Data.
Lesson 38: Using Event Handlers.
Lesson 39: Troubleshooting Errors.
Lesson 40: Using Data Viewers.
Lesson 41: Using Breakpoints.
Section VIII: Deployment and Administration.
Lesson 42: Deploying Packages.
Lesson 43: Configuring the SSIS Service.
Lesson 44: Securing SSIS Packages.
Lesson 45: Running SSIS Packages.
Lesson 46: Scheduling Packages.
Section IX: Data Warehousing.
Lesson 47: Loading a Dimension Table.
Lesson 48: Loading a Fact Table.
Section X: Wrap Up and Review.
Lesson 49: Bringing It All Together.
Appendix A: SSIS Component Crib Notes.
Appendix B: Problem and Solution Crib Notes.
Appendix C: What’s on the DVD?