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Dynamically change the filename in a dts package.

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I have a dts package that simply imports a text file into an existing sql 2000 table.  What I am trying to find out is how to run this package in VB6.  In addition to running the dts package weekly, the files have a different name each time and the package will need to be able to dynamically change the file name that it is importing via VB6.  How do I do this?
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by:Anthony Perkins
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It depends what is driving the DTS Package.  Is the name random but always in the same folder?  Is the name passed in or can it be determined?
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Also, how are you executing the DTS package from VB6?
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Actually I am a newbie to this so you will have to bare with me.  I have an existing DTS package that I manually run every week that imports a text file into an existing  SQL table.  I was just notified that I will have more text files that will be needed to be imported into the same table but will not share the same file name but will share the same file structure.  I was told to find a way to run the DTS package in VB and also be able to dynamically change the file name being imported so that I do not have to create a new package for each file.  I would simply use the one original package and just swap file names.  Again, this process is all manual and has yet to be even started in VB.
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Anthony Perkins earned 500 total points
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Ok see if this helps. In order to set the text file name you have a couple of options:
1. Use the Dynamic Properties Task: to set the value of the DataSource property for the text file Connection.
2. (My preference) is to use an ActiveX Script Task to set the same property as in:

Function Main()
Dim Pkg

Set Pkg = DTSGlobalVariables.Parent
Pkg.Connections("Text File Connection Name").DataSource = "The full path to your text file goes here"
Set Pkg = Nothing

Main = DTSTaskExecResult_Success

End Function

In either case, you need to ensure that the workflow is set up so that these tasks are executed before the Transform Data task.
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