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SQL Server – Integration Service – How To Extract Images From a SQL Server Table To a Folder Using SSIS

In this article we will go through how we can extract images from a table in SQL Server and copy it on a folder. To achieve this we need to use SQL Server Integration Service. Let’s go over the process step by step.

Step 1: Create a new SSIS project in BIDS
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Step 2: Drag and drop the Data Flow Task from the SSIS Toolbox to the design surface

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Step 3: Go to the Data Flow tab. Drag and Drop the following on the design surface.

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Step 4: Right click on the connection manager area and create a new OLEDB connection. We will create a connection for the AdventureWorks2012 database and the Production.Photo table.

 

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Step 5. Use the following command to select the data from the table

declare @Ipath varchar(100)= 'C:\document\'
SELECT [ThumbNailPhoto],
@Ipath+[ThumbnailPhotoFileName] AS Imagepath
FROM [AdventureWorks2012].[Production].[ProductPhoto]

 

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Step 6. Double click on the export column transformation editor and select the following values

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Step 7. Build the package and execute. You should find all the images in the selected folder

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SQL Server Integration Services – Control Flow Objects

In my previous article on SSIS we spoke about Packages,Connections and Data Sources. In this article we will talk about Control Flow Objects and how we can use them.

So what is Control Flow?

Control Flow is the engine which manages the workflow of the tasks created coupled with the control flow containers and constraints. SSIS provides a Design UI which displays a workspace where we can configure different control flow objects.

SSIS provides three types of control flow objects
1) Tasks – Tasks are objects that perform specific work
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2) Containers – Containers help group different tasks
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3) Constraints – Constraints help connecting different tasks and containers. Its also helps to define the order of execution of different tasks.
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A package must contain at least one task that performs a certain operation. When multiple tasks are configured, then a container can be used to group them together.
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Container

SSIS provides three types of Containers. Here is a brief description about the three Containers. We will deep dive into the Containers later.

1) Sequence Container : This allows us to group multiple tasks together. The benefits of this feature is that we can control the entire group rather that managing each task separately. It also means we can run different tasks sequentially or parallel. The entire group can collapsed or expanded. The Sequence container is the 3rd container in the toolbox
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Implementation of Control Flow Task

We will now implement the above by creating and editing a control flow task and executing the package within the SSIS environment. We will be using the same project we created in our previous article for this demo.

Step 1: Open the Project using BIDS -> Select Mypackage.dtsx -> Click on the Toolbox -> Drag and Drop the Execute SQL Task on the Designer Surface. Rename the task as Update Table
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Step 2: Right Click on the Task – > Click on Edit -> Change the Connection to AdventureWorks -> Click on the SQLStatement and insert the below query – > Click on OK.
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UPDATE Production.ScrapReason SET
ModifiedDate = '2014-06-01 00:00:00.000'
WHERE name = 'Drill pattern incorrect'

Step 3: click Start Debugging on the Standard toolbar -> If the execution is correct then the task would be green.
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The objective of this article was an introduction to the concept of Control Flow and Tasks with a small demo. I hope I was able to do that. In my next article I will write about Container with a broader perspective.

 

 

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