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James is a big data and data warehousing technology specialist at Microsoft. He is a thought leader in the use and application of Big Data technologies, including MPP solutions involving hybrid technologies of relational data, Hadoop, and private and public cloud. Previously he was an independent consultant working as a Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence architect and developer. He is a prior SQL Server MVP with over 30 years of IT experience. James is a popular blogger ( and speaker, having presented at dozens of PASS events including the PASS Business Analytics conference and the PASS Summit. He is the author of the book “Reporting with Microsoft SQL Server 2012”. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

SSIS – Can’t Enable/Disable within Data Flow Tab

This is my biggest gripe with SSIS: I have a data flow task, and within that I’m pulling data from multiple sources into multiple destinations, with a few performing data flow transformations.  While testing, I want to disable some of the components.  You can’t.  You can disable any task in a control flow, but not the data flow.

There is a Connect item on this: SSIS – Add Enable/Disable within Data Flow Tab.  It seems this won’t be “fixed” in Denali either.

So the only solution is to copy the data flow task, or the entire package, and delete the appropriate components.

Please Microsoft, make this better!


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