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After installing SP2 on SQL Server 2005 x64, when trying to open existing SSIS package or try to add data component to a new SSIS package, is giving error saying that designer could not be initialised.

After installing SP2 on SQL Server 2005 x64, when trying to open an existing SSIS package or trying to add data component to a new SSIS package, you may receive an error saying that the designer could not be initialised. This problem occurs because the installer unregisters the 32-bit Dts.dll file when the installer installs the […]

How to Generate an Auto Incremental Number in a SSIS Package?

As many of you aware, you can have incremental integers in tables by setting the identity property for the column. In a T-SQL, you can do this by using the function named ROW_NUMBER(). In SQL Server Reporting Services you can acheive this by using RowNumber(Nothing). So how do you do this in SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)? […]

Unable to Enlist in the Transaction

When running a SSIS package with several data flow task which are designed to run in parallel and if all the Data flow tasks TransactionOption property is set to the Required value you may receive the following error: Description: The SSIS Runtime has failed to enlist the OLE DB connection in a distributed transaction with error […]

XML Error when Opening SSIS Packages

When opening a SSIS package you may receive the following error: Unable to instantiate XML DOM document, please verify that MSXML binaries are properly installed and registered. Solution This error is caused by an issue with the MSXML installation.  Reinstalling or repairing of MSXML6 will solve the above problem.

Reporting Services 2000: Database changes are not updated when exported to Excel?

In SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services the reports can be exported to other data formats such as Excel. This feature is available with a simple configuration as HTML link call on Reporting Services to export the data to Excel for other users purpose. Sometimes the user might find it difficult to achieve consistency between a […]

How can you use IIf in Transact-SQL?

This is a quite common question. It is usually asked by people arriving at SQL Server with a background in Microsoft Access. They either want to use SQL Server as a backend for their Access project, or they are otherwise upsizing from Access to SQL Server. The answer, however, is usually not much appreciated at […]

What happens when my integer IDENTITY runs out of scope?

Before we actually look at the answer, let’s recall some basics of the IDENTITY property and SQL Server’s numerical data types. You can define the IDENTITY property on columns of the INT data type and on DECIMAL with scale 0. This gives you a range of: TINYINT 0 – 255 SMALLINT -32.768 – 32.767 INT […]

Is it a good practice to use SQL Server stored procedures for INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE statements?

Yes, anytime you pass a data modification request from a front-end application to SQL Server, it is a best practice to encapsulate the code in a stored procedure. Here are some of the reasons why: It is faster than using ADO methods to accomplish the same task. Network traffic can often be reduced because less […]

How do you create trigger on system tables?

First of all, you should refrain from messing around with SQL Server’s system tables, unless you are told to and are guided by Microsoft. You are running an unsupported system if you modify the system tables! But if you don’t want to listen to the above advice, why would one want to create a trigger […]

How do you mimic Access’ Ignore Null index behavior in SQL Server?

What is meant here is the Microsoft Access feature to create unique indexes on columns that can contain two or more NULLs. SQL Server does not allow a duplicate entry in an index that is created as UNIQUE. Consider this: CREATE TABLE Table1 (cID INT PRIMARY KEY  , c1 INT NULL) CREATE UNIQUE NONCLUSTERED INDEX […]