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Pull "unformatted" data into existing table structure via SSIS?


Pull "unformatted" data into existing table structure via SSIS?

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Jeff Moden
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BWAAA-HAAA!!!! opc.three and a lot of others are going to hate me for this.

This is an easy task in T-SQL using xp_CmdShell, dynamic SQL to build "BCP out" commands to build a format file for each table programmatically. Then you don't even need SSIS because you can then use BULK INSERT right from T-SQL using the format files. In fact, even the BULK INSERT commands can be built programmatically with just a smidgin of forethought and planning. It only needs to be done once so hopefully no one gets too cranky about using the wonderful tool known as "xp_CmdShell". ;-)

--Jeff Moden

RBAR is pronounced ree-bar and is a Modenism for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
     Stop thinking about what you want to do to a row... think, instead, of what you want to do to a column.
Although they tell us that they want it real bad, our primary goal is to ensure that we dont actually give it to them that way.
Although change is inevitable, change for the better is usually not.
Just because you can do something in PowerShell, doesnt mean you should. Wink

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Barkingdog (3/14/2013)
Thank you very much!

edm2

You're quite welcome!

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