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I have a file that is full of records that always start with VMPIC.

I need to parse out this file and put each of these VMPIC records into a file as individual records.

So I need to look for VMPIC and all data after and write that to a file, then keep doing until all records are in the other file.

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First thing I'd do is get a super text-editing tool like UltraEdit and see if there are row delimeters that do not appear in Notepad.

If yes, then build an SSIS data flow where text file is source, specify the delimeters, and destination is a SQL table.
If no, then same data flow but you're likely going to have to dump the entire contents into a single column/value, then use something like STUFF (search EE questions for T-SQL STUFF) to create a set using the VMPIC logic.

Then in SSIS build another data flow with the SQL table as the source, and another file as the destination.

Good luck.
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Thanks for the grade.  Good luck with your files.  -Jim
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