Issues with running a DTS package remotely from a VB app

Posted on 2008-06-17
Last Modified: 2013-11-30
Hello, I am having a issue with running a DTS package from my VB app when the VB app is not on the DB server.  

DB:  MSSQL 2000
VB:  2008

The DTS package is a simple DTS that takes an excel file from a location on the DB server and loads the data into a MSSQL database table.  The version of SQL Server is 2000.  The VB app is simply running the DTS package when a button is pushed.  If the VB app resides on the DB server, the DTS runs succesfully, however once we move the VB app off of the server and onto a remote machine we recieve the error that the location where the excel file resides is invalid.

I have verified the remote user and remote PC has access to the directory where the excel file resides.  I have shared out the directory to verify all users have access to it.  I have also changed the DTS package to use a UNC path for the excel file location instead of the physical drive.  But I still have the issue.

Thanks for any help you can provide.
----- Run Package

Dim oPKG As DTS.Package, oStep As DTS.Step

        oPKG = New DTS.Package


        Dim sServer As String, sUsername As String, sPassword As String

        Dim sPackageName As String, sMessage As String

        Dim lErr As Long, sSource As String, sDesc As String


        ' Set Parameter Values

        sServer = "SERVER"

        sUsername = "USER"

        sPassword = "PASSWORD"

        sPackageName = "PACKAGE NAME"


        ' Load Package

        oPKG.LoadFromSQLServer(sServer, sUsername, sPassword, _

            DTS.DTSSQLServerStorageFlags.DTSSQLStgFlag_Default, , , , sPackageName)


        ' Set Exec on Main Thread

        For Each oStep In oPKG.Steps

            oStep.ExecuteInMainThread = True



        ' Execute



        ' Get Status and Error Message

        For Each oStep In oPKG.Steps

            If oStep.ExecutionResult = DTS.DTSStepExecResult.DTSStepExecResult_Failure Then

                oStep.GetExecutionErrorInfo(lErr, sSource, sDesc)

                sMessage = sMessage & "Step """ & oStep.Name & _

                    """ Failed" & vbCrLf & _

                    vbTab & "Error: " & lErr & vbCrLf & _

                    vbTab & "Source: " & sSource & vbCrLf & _

                    vbTab & "Description: " & sDesc & vbCrLf & vbCrLf


                sMessage = sMessage & "Step """ & oStep.Name & _

                    """ Succeeded" & vbCrLf & vbCrLf

            End If





        oStep = Nothing

        oPKG = Nothing


        ' Display Results


----- End Run Package

----Connection on Form Load

        strconnect = "Provider=SQLOLEDB;Data Source=SERVER_NAME;

                              Initial Catalog=DB_NAME"

        con.Open(strconnect, "USER", "PASSWORD")

        con.CommandTimeout = 0


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Question by:DCG_Developer
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Thanks for the info but I only switched to a UNC path bc I was recieving the error file path not found when using the physical path i.e. C:\Folder\xxx.xls to the excel file.  So I don't think it is a path issue but some sore of odd rights issue when calling a DTS package remotely using a VB application.

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It ended up being a rights issue where for some reason the excel file was not inheriting the folders permissions, after doing a restart of the server it seems to have corrected this, thanks.

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