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All medium to large companies have to deal with data being stored in a number of databases, spreadsheets and proprietary applications. Bringing all this data together into one system can be useful to analyzing the business; but can also be quite difficult to do. Integration Services is the next big bet in Microsoft's business intelligence lineup, providing you with true enterprise extract transform and load features (ETL).
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Integration Services concentrates on providing you with real world solutions to real world problems, giving you a head start on various projects. If you are only evaluating Integration Services, you'll be able to focus on the early chapters with the option of drilling down into details in the later chapters where some of the more complex concepts will be discussed in detail. The interesting sidebars peppered throughout the book provide insight into the processes, people and decisions that yielded the final IS product.
Contents at a Glance
Part I: Getting Started
1 Welcome to SQL Server Integration Services 2005 3
2 Setting Up Integration Services 9
3 Migrating from DTS 19
4 Building a Package—Quick Start 35
Part II: Integration Services Basics and Concepts
5 The Business Intelligence Development Studio 55
6 The Building Blocks of Integration Services 103
7 Grouping Control Flow with Containers 113
Part III: Control Flow Services
8 The Stock Tasks 139
9 Using Expressions 191
10 The Stock Connection Managers 205
11 Logging and the Stock Log Providers 243
12 The Venerable Variable 261
13 Looping and Foreach Enumerators 275
Part IV: Management Services
14 Configuring and Deploying Solutions 299
15 Using The Script Task 331
16 Using Source Control 353
17 SQL Server Management Studio 367
18 Securing Packages 389
Part V: The Data Flow Task
19 Introducing the Data Flow Task 415
20 The Stock Data Flow Components 423
21 Using the Script Component 489
22 Advanced Data Flow Transformations 507
23 Data Flow Task Internals and Tuning 537
Part VI: Programming Integration Services
24 Building Custom Tasks 563
25 Building Custom Data Flow Components 621