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SSIS Column Header Mapping

Posted on 2010-09-20
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Hi!

I am going to see if I can explain my situation without confusion. :o)

I set up a package to import flat files into an OLE db destination (SS table). These flat files that will be imported will have various column headers (and in any order) and I want to select ONLY those columns in the file that match the column header names in the table and then map them to the appropriate table column.

I tried a simple mapping directly from the flat file connection manager to the table and the data is not being imported into the proper columns, because the columns in the flat file are arranged in a different order.

Is there a component to search specific column header names and map only the data from those columns? Any ideas?

Thank you!
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NO... There is no such component..you will need to write a script task..

If the file is not big enough.. i would suggest you to load all the data into staging table irrespective of the order and Probably then you can use SQL to insert the data into table from selected columns


Ref:
http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/sqlintegrationservices/thread/0503cd40-d28d-49a3-af1c-e19b03033ffe
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as vdr1620 said, there is not dynamic meta data task or transformation in SSIS.
SSIS data flow tasks only will do transfer when data structure is same ( by data structure I mean name of columns, data type of columns and number and order of columns)

if your data structure is not same at all, suggestion of vdr1620 is good work around ( load whole in a table and then select data in unique structure in data flow)


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OK, thank you for the suggestions!
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Thank you
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