Transfer SQL Server Objects Task

The Transfer SQL Server Objects task transfers one or more types of objects in a SQL Server database between instances of SQL Server. For example, the task can copy tables and stored procedures. Depending on the version of SQL Server that is used as a source, different types of objects are available to copy. For example, only a SQL Server database includes schemas and user-defined aggregates.

Objects to Transfer

Server roles, roles, and users from the specified database can be copied, as well as the permissions for the transferred objects. By copying the associated users, roles, and permissions together with the objects, you can make the transferred objects immediately operable on the destination server.

The following table lists the type of objects that can be copied.

Object
Tables
Views
Stored Procedures
User-Defined Functions
Defaults
User-Defined Data Types
Partition Functions
Partition Schemes
Schemas
Assemblies
User-Defined Aggregates
User-Defined Types
XML Schema Collection

User-defined types (UDTs) that were created in an instance of SQL Server have dependencies on common language runtime (CLR) assemblies. If you use the Transfer SQL Server Objects task to transfer UDTs, you must also configure the task to transfer dependent objects. To transfer dependent objects, set the IncludeDependentObjects property to True.

Table Options

When copying tables, you can indicate the types of table-related items to include in the copy process. The following types of items can be copied together with the related table:

  • Indexes

  • Triggers

  • Full-text indexes

  • Primary keys

  • Foreign keys

    You can also indicate whether the script that the task generates is in Unicode format.

Destination Options

You can configure the Transfer SQL Server Objects task to include schema names, data, extended properties of transferred objects, and dependent objects in the transfer. If data is copied, it can replace or append existing data.

Some options apply only to SQL Server. For example, only SQL Server supports schemas.

Security Options

The Transfer SQL Server Objects task can include SQL Server database-level users and roles from the source, SQL Server logins, and the permissions for transferred objects. For example, the transfer can include the permissions on the transferred tables.

Transfer Objects Between Instances of SQL Server

The Transfer SQL Server Objects task supports a SQL Server source and destination.

Events

The task raises an information event that reports the object transferred and a warning event when an object is overwritten. An information event is also raised for actions such as the truncation of database tables.

The Transfer SQL Server Objects task does not report incremental progress of the object transfer; it reports only 0% and 100 % completion.

Execution Value

The execution value, stored in the ExecutionValue property of the task, returns the number of objects transferred. By assigning a user-defined variable to the ExecValueVariable property of the Transfer SQL Server Objects task, information about the object transfer can be made available to other objects in the package. For more information, see Integration Services (SSIS) Variables and Use Variables in Packages.

Log Entries

The Transfer SQL Server Objects task includes the following custom log entries:

  • TransferSqlServerObjectsTaskStartTransferringObjects This log entry reports that the transfer has started. The log entry includes the start time.

  • TransferSqlServerObjectsTaskFinishedTransferringObjects This log entry reports that the transfer has completed. The log entry includes the end time.

    In addition, a log entry for an OnInformation event reports the number of objects of the object types that have been selected for transfer, the number of objects that were transferred, and actions such as the truncation of tables when data is transferred with tables. A log entry for the OnWarning event is written for each object on the destination that is overwritten.

Security and Permissions

The user must have permission to browse objects on the source server, and must have permission to drop and create objects on the destination server; moreover, the user must have access to the specified database and database objects.

Configuration of the Transfer SQL Server Objects Task

The Transfer SQL Server Objects task can be configured to transfer all objects, all objects of a type, or only specified objects of a type. For example, you can choose to copy only selected tables in the AdventureWorks database.

If the Transfer SQL Server Objects task transfers tables, you can specify the types of table-related objects to copy with the tables. For example, you can specify that primary keys are copied with tables.

To further enhance functionality of transferred objects, you can configure the Transfer SQL Server Objects task to include schema names, data, extended properties of transferred objects, and dependent objects in the transfer. When copying data, you can specify whether to replace or append existing data.

At run time, the Transfer SQL Server Objects task connects to the source and destination servers by using two SMO connection managers. The SMO connection managers are configured separately from the Transfer SQL Server Objects task, and then referenced in the Transfer SQL Server Objects task. The SMO connection managers specify the server and the authentication mode to use when accessing the server. For more information, see SMO Connection Manager.

You can set properties through SSIS Designer or programmatically.

For more information about the properties that you can set in SSIS Designer, click the following topic:

Programmatic Configuration of the Transfer SQL Server Objects Task

For more information about programmatically setting these properties, click the following topic:

Transfer SQL Server Objects Task Editor (General Page)

Use the General page of the Transfer SQL Server Objects Task Editor dialog box to name and describe the Transfer SQL Server Objects task.

Note

The user who creates the Transfer SQL Server Objects task must have adequate permissions on the source server objects to select them for copying, and permission to access the destination server database where the objects will be transferred.

Options

Name
Type a unique name for the Transfer SQL Server Objects task. This name is used as the label in the task icon.

Note

Task names must be unique within a package.

Description
Type a description of the Transfer SQL Server Objects task.

Transfer SQL Server Objects Task Editor (Objects Page)

Use the Objects page of the Transfer SQL Server Objects Task Editor dialog box to specify properties for copying one or more SQL Server objects from one instance of SQL Server to another. Tables, views, stored procedures, and user-defined functions are a few examples of SQL Server objects that you can copy.

Note

The user who creates the Transfer SQL Server Objects task must have sufficient permissions on the source server objects to select them for copying, and permission to access the destination server database where the objects will be transferred.

Static Options

SourceConnection
Select a SMO connection manager in the list, or click <New connection...> to create a new connection to the source server.

SourceDatabase
Select a database on the source server from which objects will be copied.

DestinationConnection
Select a SMO connection manager in the list, or click <New connection...> to create a new connection to the destination server.

DestinationDatabase
Select a database on the destination server to which objects will be copied.

DropObjectsFirst
Select whether the selected objects will be dropped first on the destination server before copying.

IncludeExtendedProperties
Select whether extended properties will be included when objects are copied from the source to the destination server.

CopyData
Select whether data will be included when objects are copied from the source to the destination server.

ExistingData
Specify how data will be copied to the destination server. This property has the options listed in the following table:

Value Description
Replace Data on the destination server will be overwritten.
Append Data copied from the source server will be appended to existing data on the destination server.
Note

The ExistingData option is only available when CopyData is set to True.

CopySchema
Select whether the schema is copied during the Transfer SQL Server Objects task.

Note

CopySchema is only available for SQL Server.

UseCollation
Select whether the transfer of objects should include the collation specified on the source server.

IncludeDependentObjects
Select whether copying the selected objects will cascade to include other objects that depend on the objects selected for copying.

CopyAllObjects
Select whether the task will copy all objects in the specified source database or only selected objects. Setting this option to False gives you the option to select the objects to transfer, and displays the dynamic options in the section, CopyAllObjects.

ObjectsToCopy
Expand ObjectsToCopy to specify which objects should be copied from the source database to the destination database.

Note

ObjectsToCopy is only available when CopyAllObjects is set to False.

The options to copy the following types of objects are supported only on SQL Server:

Assemblies

Partition functions

Partition schemes

Schemas

User-defined aggregates

User-defined types

XML schema collections

CopyDatabaseUsers
Specify whether database users should be included in the transfer.

CopyDatabaseRoles
Specify whether database roles should be included in the transfer.

CopySqlServerLogins
Specify whether SQL Server logins should be included in the transfer.

CopyObjectLevelPermissions
Specify whether object-level permissions should be included in the transfer.

CopyIndexes
Specify whether indexes should be included in the transfer.

CopyTriggers
Specify whether triggers should be included in the transfer.

CopyFullTextIndexes
Specify whether full-text indexes should be included in the transfer.

CopyPrimaryKeys
Specify whether primary keys should be included in the transfer.

CopyForeignKeys
Specify whether foreign keys should be included in the transfer.

GenerateScriptsInUnicode
Specify whether the generated transfer scripts are in Unicode format.

Dynamic Options

CopyAllObjects = False

CopyAllTables
Select whether the task will copy all tables in the specified source database or only the selected tables.

TablesList
Click to open the Select Tables dialog box.

CopyAllViews
Select whether the task will copy all views in the specified source database or only the selected views.

ViewsList
Click to open the Select Views dialog box.

CopyAllStoredProcedures
Select whether the task will copy all user-defined stored procedures in the specified source database or only the selected procedures.

StoredProceduresList
Click to open the Select Stored Procedures dialog box.

CopyAllUserDefinedFunctions
Select whether the task will copy all user-defined functions in the specified source database or only the selected UDFs.

UserDefinedFunctionsList
Click to open the Select User Defined Functions dialog box.

CopyAllDefaults
Select whether the task will copy all defaults in the specified source database or only the selected defaults.

DefaultsList
Click to open the Select Defaults dialog box.

CopyAllUserDefinedDataTypes
Select whether the task will copy all user-defined data types in the specified source database or only the selected user-defined data types.

UserDefinedDataTypesList
Click to open the Select User-Defined Data Types dialog box.

CopyAllPartitionFunctions
Select whether the task will copy all user-defined partition functions in the specified source database or only the selected partition functions. Supported only on SQL Server.

PartitionFunctionsList
Click to open the Select Partition Functions dialog box.

CopyAllPartitionSchemes
Select whether the task will copy all partition schemes in the specified source database or only the selected partition schemes. Supported only on SQL Server.

PartitionSchemesList
Click to open the Select Partition Schemes dialog box.

CopyAllSchemas
Select whether the task will copy all schemas in the specified source database or only the selected schemas. Supported only on SQL Server.

SchemasList
Click to open the Select Schemas dialog box.

CopyAllSqlAssemblies
Select whether the task will copy all SQL assemblies in the specified source database or only the selected SQL assemblies. Supported only on SQL Server.

SqlAssembliesList
Click to open the Select SQL Assemblies dialog box.

CopyAllUserDefinedAggregates
Select whether the task will copy all user-defined aggregates in the specified source database or only the selected user-defined aggregates. Supported only on SQL Server.

UserDefinedAggregatesList
Click to open the Select User-Defined Aggregates dialog box.

CopyAllUserDefinedTypes
Select whether the task will copy all user-defined types in the specified source database or only the selected UDTs. Supported only on SQL Server.

UserDefinedTypes
Click to open the Select User-Defined Types dialog box.

CopyAllXmlSchemaCollections
Select whether the task will copy all XML Schema collections in the specified source database or only the selected XML schema collections. Supported only on SQL Server.

XmlSchemaCollectionsList
Click to open the Select XML Schema Collections dialog box.

See Also

Integration Services Error and Message Reference
Integration Services Tasks
Transfer SQL Server Objects Task Editor (General Page)
Expressions Page
Data Formats for Bulk Import or Bulk Export (SQL Server)
Security Considerations for a SQL Server Installation