Backing Up and Restoring Packages

SQL Server Integration Services packages can be saved to the file system or msdb, a SQL Server system database. Packages saved to msdb can be backed up and restored using SQL Server backup and restore features.

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Any configuration files that the packages include are stored in the file system. These files are not backed up when you back up the msdb database; therefore, you should make sure that the configuration files are backed up regularly as part of your plan for securing packages saved to msdb. To include configurations in the backup of the msdb database, you should consider using the SQL Server configuration type instead of file-based configurations.

The backup of packages that are saved to the file system should be included in the plan for backing up the file system of the server. The Integration Services service configuration file, which has the default name MsDtsSrvr.ini.xml, lists the folders on the server that the service monitors. You should make sure these folders are backed up. Additionally, packages may be stored in other folders on the server and you should make sure to include these folders in the backup.

Integration Services includes the dtutil command-prompt utility, which you can use to manage packages. For more information, see dtutil Utility (SSIS Tool).

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