Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services Unleashed

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services Unleashed

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by Kirk Haselden
     
 

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Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services is Microsoft’s powerful platform for building enterprise-level data integration and data transformation solutions. It’s a powerful product, but it’s also complex and can be confusing if you don’t have a clear map for the journey. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services Unleashed will be

Overview

Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services is Microsoft’s powerful platform for building enterprise-level data integration and data transformation solutions. It’s a powerful product, but it’s also complex and can be confusing if you don’t have a clear map for the journey. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services Unleashed will be the only book you’ll need to harness the power that Integration Services provides.

 

Through clear, concise explanations and samples, you’ll grasp a clear understanding of working in the Integration Services environment, including how to set up stock components, how to use the various designer features, and how to gain practical knowledge on configuring, deploying, securing, and managing packages. Sample packages are provided to reinforce the discussion and quickly help you gain hands-on experience, and more complex topics such as Data Flow Task internals and tuning, advanced transformations, and writing custom components are all illustrated in easy-to-understand graphics. In addition, there are several custom tasks and transformations and two useful utilities with full source code available for you to use and study, including an ADO.NET destination, a text file encryption task, and a data profiling transform.

 

Detailed information on:

  • Using the powerful Integration Services tools to create solutions without the need to write lines of code
  • Creating packages programmatically or developing custom tasks via the Integration Services object
  • Building robust packages to solve common requirements
  • Securing packages for different environments
  • Using often overlooked or unknown platform features
  • Setting up all the stock components, including data flow components, tasks, Foreach enumerators, connection managers, and log providers
  • Writing robust and useful custom tasks
  • Building packages that seamlessly deploy to other environments
  • Writing custom data flow adapters and transforms
  • Using script tasks and components
  • Easily modifying configurations for multiple packages simultaneously
  • Writing a Task UI that looks just like the stock tasks
  • Tapping into the power of Integration Services for accessing heterogeneous data sources
  • Using expressions to make packages more responsive to the environment
  • Migrating your DTS packages with no stress

 

Kirk Haselden is the Group Program Manager for the Microsoft Master Data Management product forthcoming in the next wave of Office SharePoint Services and owns the long term strategy, vision, planning, and development of that product. Kirk has been with Microsoft for 12 years in various groups including Hardware, eHome, Connected Home, SQL Server, and Office Business Platform. He was the development manager for Integration Services and the primary designer for the runtime, as well as many of the tasks. He has written a number of articles for SQL Server Magazine, speaks regularly at industry events, writes profusely on his personal and MSDN blog, and holds 35 patents or patents pending.

 

Category: Microsoft SQL Server

Covers: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services

User Level: Intermediate–Advanced

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780768687279
Publisher:
Pearson Education
Publication date:
01/29/2009
Series:
Unleashed
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
792
File size:
21 MB
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Meet the Author

Kirk Haselden is the group program manager for the Microsoft Master Data Management product forthcoming in the next wave of Office SharePoint Services and owns the longterm strategy, vision, planning, and development of that product. Kirk has been with Microsoft for 12 years in various groups including Hardware, eHome, Connected Home, SQL Server, and Office Business Platform. He was the development manager for Integration Services and the primary designer for the runtime and many of the tasks. Prior to Microsoft, Kirk worked for several small startup companies building educational, dental, and online software. Kirk has a bachelor of arts degree in accounting and information systems from the University of Utah. He has written a number of articles for SQL Server Magazine, speaks regularly at industry events, writes profusely on his personal and MSDN blog, and holds 35 patents or patents pending. Kirk is married and the father of five wonderful children. He enjoys family time, photography, snow skiing, wake boarding, racquetball, motorcycle riding, hiking, breathing, drinking, and eating. He’s always wearing hideous Hawaiian shirts, shorts, and sandals, except in the winter, when he also wears socks. He once lived in Wichita, Kansas, and thinks it’s funny when people talk about themselves in third person.

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Boudville More than 1 year ago
There's a small irony here. As Microsoft has vastly built up its SQL Server, the complexity of understanding and using it has concomitantly risen. Which in turn has led to the features discussed at length in the book. These broadly try to help you grasp the many parts of SQL Server. But the very heft of the book suggests that things are still non-trivial. One message across the chapters is that the task user interfaces are as similar as can be, to ease learning. There are also various connection managers that handle reading or connecting to data of different formats, or to different types of data servers. So you don't waste your time on low level tasks of "impedance matching". At the simplest level, there is a Flat File Connection Manager, for reading a flat file of tabular data. This might be CSV or fixed width. Other connection managers go out on the network to get ftp files, or files with an HTTP address. The amount of actual programming has been deliberately minimised. This is another pervasive theme of the book. To the extent that you do have to [or want to] program, it is at the scripting level. The example scripts do not seem difficult, but this opinion may vary as a function of your background. Potentially the highest value aspects of the Integration Services concern Business Intelligence. This term is used in various places throughout the book, which does advise you that the term spans a "broad and deep field". Essentially, think of it as Artificial Intelligence in a business analysis context. Be aware that the BI aspects are very rudimentary. [Don't get your hopes up.] There are some neat little tools, like a Slowly Changing Dimension Wizard and data cleansers. Useful, and it's good that Integration Services has them. But they handle relatively low level issues.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago