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Select first row of excel spreadsheet and import into SSIS temp table as a column

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Hi Experts,

Can someone tell me how to import the first row of an excel spreadsheet into a temp table in SSIS as a column?  For example, I have an excel spreadsheet that has 5000 rows and 50 columns.  I need to import the 50 columns into one row into a temp spreadsheet in sql.  Please help.
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by:vdr1620
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Just write a SQL Statement ... appending all columns with a comma delimiter and or any other delimiter Like

SELECT TOP 1 col1+','+col2+','+col3
FROM excel tablename

Also, while selecting the Path of the Excel (while creating an Excel connection), you should uncheck the option "1st row has column names" which will treat all the data in the excel file as columns including the headers


You can also use a script task and add another Column called RowNo.. which iterates as the data flows and gives you the row no.. which you can use below to divert the columns to different destinations
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So for example; I have a table on 'Sheet1' in my excel workbook that is on my desktop.  The first row contains the column names from A to Z.  I only need to pull the column names into a temp table in the SSIS package and compare them to the column names in an existing table in sql.  Then I need to see the differences in report that can be emailed.  Is this possible, if so, how?
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by:vdr1620
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Well, it is possible

As suggested above just use a query to pull all the column names and dump into your staging Table (Temp table)

Then you can use an execute SQL task to compare the columns in both the tables (use sys.columns View) and then store the values in a variable and Email the List
http://www.julian-kuiters.id.au/article.php/ssis-execute-sql-task-output-parameters
http://www.sqlis.com/post/The-Execute-SQL-Task.aspx
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by:daintysally
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So, I would have to list each (26) column name out in the query that you posted earlier?
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I am really a novice at this.  Can you help me further? For the query, is there not a way that I could just select 'Row 1' of the excel spreadsheet to get the column names?
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Yes you can, Well all you will need to do is create a Excel connection - source,

Select the input as SQL command and Try using

SELECT TOP 1 * FROM ExcelTAbleName

That should work,If that doesn't work for any reason

After selecting SQL command , click on Query builder and add the Excel table and select all your columns by clicking on the (*) First column in the Table and Click oK..That should do ..

rest is explained above
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