DTS transformation from text file to SQL Server

I have created a DTS package that relies on a Text Input file as the source. The output is a SQL Server database/dataset.

The text input file is referenced via a file DSN. In the file DSN I have outlined the directory, format and that it’s Fixed Length. I have also defined all the fields, sizes and type.

Now in the DTS Connection properties task, Connection1 I point to the file DSN. Then I create a second DTS Connection, Connection2,  properties task which references the output SQL Server database/dataset. I link the two Connection properties with a data transformation pipeline.

Now here is the problem. If I right-click on the data transformation pipeline then select properties then select transformations I get this SQL Error:

HResult of 0X80040e09 (-2147217911) returned. Unexpected error occurred. An error result was returned without an error message.

Why am I getting this problem ?
ejr19592004Asked:
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MichaelSFullerCommented:
You need to specify your source selection first. But before you do that why are you using a DSN for the text file? Why not just use that as the source in DTS and the SQL Server or what you are using as a destination. Then set the fixed length columns right in the package. It would be alot easier to maintain.  
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ejr19592004Author Commented:
That's the way it was set up initially. But I need the source file location and name to be independent of the DTS settings. File DSN is one way. I tried initially to do it via the DTS objects in VB and couldn't find a way to alter the file name and location.

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arbertCommented:
Agree with michaelSFuller--get rid of the DSN and let DTS handle it--just add a dynamic properties task to the DTS package.  Set it up to point to your text file name and then you can pass it as a global parm on the DTSRun command line.
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ejr19592004Author Commented:
Ok let’s go through the steps:

1.      I drag out a DPT task and call it Test
2.      Which then takes me to the DPT properties window
3.      I select Connection 1 which is my text file and then point to the Data Source property which has the directory\filename
4.      I click on set
5.      Which then takes me to Add/Edit Assignment
6.      I select global variable from the drop down list
7.      Create/Select a variable name of in_loc_file click refresh and then watch the Preview window populate with the Data Source value
8.      Click Ok.

Now I have a Global Variable called in_file_loc which is set to the Data Source for the file.

Now let’s jump to the VB code

DTSGlobalVariables("in_file_loc").Value = "c:\dir\fillename"

And then finally

Dim dtsp As New DTS.Package
   dtsp.LoadFromSQLServer _
    ServerName:=ServerName, _
    ServerUserName:=UserName, _
    ServerPassword:=UserPass, _
    PackageName:="winpassql2txt"
   dtsp.Execute

Because if that’s what you are thinking I couldn’t get this to work on account of the fact that VB kept complaining that DTSGlobalVariables was not defined even though it is referenced in the Project References.

Any more ideas ?
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arbertCommented:
Hmmm, didn't say anything about VB in your question.

You're not using the object model correctly--there is a good example here:

http://www.sqlservercentral.com/columnists/bknight/executingpackagefromvisualbasic_printversion.asp


Brett
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ejr19592004Author Commented:
Sorry arbert but it started out as a VB/SQL Sever/DTS post and then go morphed into a VB/DTS/DSN issue. The page you sent looks really good. I will come back to you in an hour or so if you are still awake.

My colleagues are badgering me to go to lunch. It's 12:30 PM in Sydney.

I will continue after lunch.

Eddie
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arbertCommented:
Sydney, just got back from there--wish I were still enjoying th warm weather!

I
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ejr19592004Author Commented:
Warm weather ? It's been raining all week. This is the first day that I get to leave my brolly back home.

We are getting into the tropical season here.

Anyho. I am back from din-dins so I am going to get stuck into that most excellent page link you sent across.

Back to you soon.

Eddie
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ejr19592004Author Commented:
Arbert. That's the ticket. Thanks Mate.
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arbertCommented:
cheers
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