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Run dtsx file as different user

Posted on 2013-11-08
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I've created some dtsx files, but now another user needs to run them.  When the other user tries to run the file, they get errors. I'm assuming I need to alter the connection string to include their credentials, but I am not sure how. Here is the connection string that is currently in the file:
 DTS:ConnectionString="Data Source=(local);Initial Catalog=MWSDGO;Provider=SQLNCLI11;Integrated Security=SSPI;Auto Translate=false;" />

Am I on the right track with this? How do I include the new user's creds?  Thanks.
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If these are files on disk, then you need to check how the data is secured in the .dtsx file.  By default, if you save the file to disk from the studio that comes with SQL Server, the secured data is encrypted based on who the person saving the file is.  Other users cannot use these files.  There are other ways to secure these files - password, certificate, etc - but you must explicitly choose these methods when you save the files.

When you save them to the SQL Server itself, you have the option of letting the server's security handle this protection.  In this case, any login with the proper permissions can either run the package, or export the source code to a file with proper permissions for their login to open.

You also have the option of saving things like the connection strings in a resource file, and loading them at runtime, This generates additional security risks (those resource files can be pulled apart into plain text), but allows a package to be run by anyone who can get to the file on disk.

Note that you can save the file to disk without any security, but the normally secured data will be stripped from the package in that case, which is not incredibly useful normally.

TLDR: check the way you save the files to disk (assumption: you are saving them to disk) and adjust accordingly.
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That makes sense.  Is there any way to convert a saved file into being stored on the server, or will i just need to remake them?
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