how to force a default value for a field during DTS import

Posted on 2004-03-21
Last Modified: 2013-11-30
Using DTS, I am creating a table(B) that I am importing in as another(A).  in table B, I do not have a field that is necessary for table A.  SO, I have created:

CREATE TABLE [XP].[dbo].[pin0030] (
[ACCOUNTSTAT] varchar (1) NULL,
[LASTNAME] varchar (16) NULL,
[FIRSTNAME] varchar (16) NULL,
[MIDDLENAME] varchar (3) NULL,
[ENROLLED] varchar (4) NULL,
[GR] smallint NULL,
[SECTION] varchar (4) NULL,
[HM] varchar (6) NULL,
[KEYPAD] varchar (6) NULL,
[key_field] varchar (4) NULL,
[mergedate] timestamp NULL,
[Remote_Eml] smallint (2) NULL,
[Remote_Sta] varchar (4) NULL
where ENROLLED = '0030' and ACCOUNTSTAT = 'A'

the issue is that I need to somehow place a default value into the [key_field] which would = 'key'

I know that this is simple, but everything I try gives me an error in the DTS.  Thanks all for your help.
Question by:scg911
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ID: 10644653
Couple ways....

Instead of using a source table, base the input on a query and "select" the value you want for the default and then you have the column to populate your destination column.

You could also use an activex script to populate the default (slower).  Create a new transformation, choose activex as the transformation type and it would look something like this dtsdestination("key_field")="whatever".

You could also change the definition on the destination to have a default.  This would populate the field on the load and then you could remove the default after wards.

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Anthony Perkins earned 250 total points
ID: 10644665
ALTER TABLE [XP].[dbo].[pin0030] ADD
      CONSTRAINT [DF_pin0030_key_field] DEFAULT ('key') FOR [key_field]

Also, please maintain these very old open questions:
1 12/16/2003 500 Server 2003 "stuck" at applying computer...  Open Operating Systems
2 09/30/2003 500 duplicate record, but not necessarily du...  Open Microsoft SQL Server

Author Comment

ID: 10644700

Thanks for your help, but I am trying to utilize the above create, and just be able to add some more code to the line below to make 'key' be the default value for [key_field]

[key_field] varchar (4) NULL,

also, the very old open questions, should have been closed out and under my login they all show PAQ
again, thanks for your help

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by:Anthony Perkins
ID: 10644761
>>just be able to add some more code to the line below to make 'key' be the default value for [key_field]<<
Since you have awarded me the points is this question now resolved?

>>under my login they all show PAQ<<
Thanks you for closing that one question, But I believe you may have oerlooked this one:
12/16/2003 500 Server 2003 "stuck" at applying computer...  Open Operating Systems

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