Lesson 1-2: Add and configure a Flat File connection manager

APPLIES TO: yesSQL Server, including on Linux yesAzure SQL Database yesAzure SQL Data Warehouse noParallel Data Warehouse

In this task, you add a Flat File connection manager to the package that you just created. A Flat File connection manager enables a package to extract data from a flat file. Using the Flat File connection manager, you can specify the file name and location, the locale and code page, and the file format, including column delimiters, to apply when the package extracts data from the flat file. In addition, you can manually specify the data type for the individual columns, or use the Suggest Column Types dialog box to automatically map the columns of extracted data to Integration Services data types.

You must create a new Flat File connection manager for each file format you're working with. Because this tutorial extracts data from multiple flat files that all have the same data format, you only need to add and configure one Flat File connection manager for the example package.

In this lesson, you configure the following properties in your Flat File connection manager:

  • Column names: Since the flat file does not have column names, the Flat File connection manager creates default column names. These default names are not useful for identifying what each column represents. Change the default names to names that match the fact table into which the flat file data is to be loaded.

  • Data mappings: The data type mappings that you specify for the Flat File connection manager are used by all flat file data source components that reference this connection manager. You can either manually map the data types by using the Flat File connection manager, or you can use the Suggest Column Types dialog box. In this task, you view the mappings suggested in the Suggest Column Types dialog box and then manually create the necessary mappings in the Flat File Connection Manager Editor dialog box.

Note

The Flat File connection manager provides locale information about the data file. If your computer is not configured to use the regional option English (United States), you must set additional properties in the Flat File Connection Manager Editor dialog box.

Add a Flat File connection manager to the SSIS package

  1. In the Solution Explorer pane, right-click on Connection Managers and select New Connection Manager.

  2. In the Add SSIS Connection Manager dialog, select FLATFILE, then Add.

  3. In the Flat File Connection Manager Editor dialog box, for Connection manager name, enter Sample Flat File Source Data.

  4. Select Browse.

  5. In the Open dialog box, locate the SampleCurrencyData.txt file on your computer.

  6. Clear the column names in the first data row checkbox.

Set locale-sensitive properties

  1. In the Flat File Connection Manager Editor dialog box, select General.

  2. Set Locale to English (United States) and Code page to 1252.

Rename columns in the Flat File connection manager

  1. In the Flat File Connection Manager Editor dialog box, select Advanced.

  2. In the property pane, make the following changes:

    • Change the Column 0 name property to AverageRate.

    • Change the Column 1 name property to CurrencyID.

    • Change the Column 2 name property to CurrencyDate.

    • Change the Column 3 name property to EndOfDayRate.

Remap column data types

By default, all four of the columns are initially set to a string data type [DT_STR] with an OutputColumnWidth of 50.

  1. In the Flat File Connection Manager Editor dialog box, select Suggest Types.

    Integration Services automatically suggests appropriate data types based on the first 200 rows of data. You can also change these suggestion options to sample more or less data, to specify the default data type for integer or Boolean data, or to add spaces as padding to string columns.

    For now, make no changes to the options in the Suggest Column Types dialog box, and select OK to have Integration Services suggest data types for columns. This action returns you to the Advanced pane of the Flat File Connection Manager Editor dialog box, where you can view the column data types suggested by Integration Services. Alternately, if you select Cancel, no suggestions are made to column metadata and the default string (DT_STR) data type is used.

    In this tutorial, Integration Services suggests the data types shown in the second column of the following table for the data from the SampleCurrencyData.txt file. The fourth column provides the data types required for the columns in the destination, which are defined in a subsequent step.

    Flat File column Suggested type Destination column Destination type
    AverageRate float [DT_R4] FactCurrencyRate.AverageRate float
    CurrencyID string [DT_STR] DimCurrency.CurrencyAlternateKey nchar(3)
    CurrencyDate date [DT_DATE] DimDate.FullDateAlternateKey date
    EndOfDayRate float [DT_R4] FactCurrencyRate.EndOfDayRate float

    The data type suggested for the CurrencyID column is incompatible with the data type of the field in the destination table. Because the data type of DimCurrency.CurrencyAlternateKey is nchar(3), CurrencyID must be changed from string [DT_STR] to Unicode string [DT_WSTR]. In addition, the field DimDate.FullDateAlternateKey is defined as a date data type, so the type for CurrencyDate needs to be changed from date [DT_Date] to database date [DT_DBDATE].

  2. In the list, select the CurrencyID column and in the property pane, change the Data Type of column CurrencyID from string [DT_STR] to Unicode string [DT_WSTR].

  3. In the property pane, change the data type of column CurrencyDate from date [DT_DATE] to database date [DT_DBDATE].

  4. Select OK.

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Step 3: Add and configure an OLE DB connection manager

See also

Flat File connection manager
Integration Services data types