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Advanced SSIS Training Course

Two days (09:30 to 16:30 UK time each day)

This course is available in the following formats (all prices exclude VAT):

Classroom (London)
Classroom (Manchester)
Onsite (your office)
Please ask
Online (your home)
You can book a place on this course either online through this website, by phone, by email or by filling in our enquiry form.

You should only consider attending this course if you've attended our two-day introduction to SSIS course, or if you have a thorough understanding of how to create sources, destinations and transforms in SSIS.

Course schedule

We don't have any dates scheduled for this online course. We may consider adding more dates - it's always worth asking.

Alternatively, if you have a handful of like-minded people in your organisation, you could consider booking your own customised onsite course, whereby you get to pick the dates and venue!

Course Contents - PDF

Advanced SSIS training course contents

The main thing that you'll learn from this advanced course is how to use script tasks (in control flow) and script components (in data flow) to validate data, send mail, check file attributes and much more.  The course uses C# for its scripting language (as for various reasons you should too - if youv'e never used C# before you might like to consider booking a place on our two-day introduction to C# course first, before attending this course). In addition to scripting, the course also includes a smorgasbord of other topics, such as creating dynamic property values and logging packages to SQL Server.

The contents of this course are as follows:

A quick C# primer

  • Writing methods
  • Using variables
  • Using namespaces

Script tasks

  • Message boxes
  • Setting return status

Variables in script

  • Passing variables in/out
  • Referencing in code

Script components

  • Input and output flows
  • Manipulating values in script

Sending mail

  • Limitations of the Send Mail task
  • The System.Mail namespace
  • Sending emails in code

Accessing file attributes

  • FileInfo and DirectoryInfo
  • Accessing file properties
  • Filtering by file date/time

Dynamic expressions

  • Using expressions for properties
  • Ideas for expressions to use

Advanced loops

  • Looping over XML files
  • Looping over items
  • FOR loops

Using package parts

  • Storing components for reuse
  • Using package parts

Logging and auditing   if time

  • Logging to text files
  • Logging to SQL Server
  • Audit transforms

Events   if time

  • Creating an event
  • Pre- and post-execute events
  • Error-handling using events
Please see further up this page for what you should know beforehand (if anything) in order to attend this course.

Why Choose Us?

Here are some reasons to choose Wise Owl courses:

In addition, here are some benefits unique to classroom training:

And some benefits specific to online training:

  • Courseware manual posted to you in advance
  • Free half-hour pre-course check-up included
  • Our clever system means you can use our laptops (and we can see them)

What other people have said

Our thanks to everyone who agreed to share their thoughts. All of the following reviews are from the last 3 calendar years:

"A great trainer and it didn't feel like he was just reading from a script. He explained each step and showed us multiple ways to achieve the desired outcome and which methods should be used in a particular situation. He also pointed out any common problems or things we should look out for that he has experienced in his career. Other staff have already taken the course and have had positive things to say about it."

Ben Ryland (Macquarie Energy Leasing)

"A big thank you for the whole experience - to the trainer but also for the administration & checks ahead of time. It all felt very organised, friendly & professional! Being a live online class & using remote desktops, worked really well (much better than I anticipated) - the trainer could keep check on our progress & could quickly identify when we needed a little more guidance. I like Wise Owl's training style (works for me) and running small size classes is hugely beneficial (in this instance there was only the 2 of us!). Having the offer of post course support with question + all your other resources available via YouTube etc., feels like a "warm" training relationship, rather than a "cold" one off 2 day training transaction. Thanks again!"

Faye Cowley (The Outward Bound Trust)

"The tutor was really good at making sure the people with more experience didn't get bored whilst going at a pace slow enough for the beginners. The course material is clear and structured."

Sam Wareham (Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS FT)

"It's sometimes easy to give top marks on a review; however, this is absolutely deserved. The trainer was excellent, friendly and knowledgeable. He ensured everyone was on track, kept note of queries and expanded things when he could. I thought the content, and flow, was really well thought out and appreciated the manual, etc. we get to keep (particularly as paper copies). I think the technology implementation for online was one of the best I have experienced too, with the trainer being able to see everything as it's going. Brilliant overall and I will be recommending you to others, and pushing for more courses."

David Earle (The Phoenix Group)

"Our trainer was very friendly and delivered the course in a way that made it fun and enjoyable, but also easy to understand. I would definitely recommend the course to anyone looking to get into SQL."

Katie Horton (The Modern Milkman)

There are lots more where these came from (or just refresh this page to change the quotes shown).

How our training courses work

Below are some notes on how Wise Owl courses work, to help you decide whether they're for you or not.

What you'll need

If you book on a classroom course, the only thing you need to bring to the course is ... yourself! We even provide a notepad and a suprisingly nice pen for you to take notes with.

For online training you'll need two things:

  1. A good internet connection (otherwise you'll have a frustrating time); and
  2. A second screen (a requirement, not a nice-to-have!)

You can see full details of our online course requirements here.

When you book a place

If you book a place on one of our courses:

  • For classroom courses we will send out a joining email. That's it!
  • For online courses we will get in touch to organise a half-hour pre-course check to iron out any connection problems before the course (rather than during it).

Whatever type of course you book, we will also send you out a reminder a few days before the course is due to take place - not that (we hope) you'll have forgotten!

What you won't need

For classroom training, you won't need a computer - we (obviously) will provide that. However, you're welcome to use your own laptop if you prefer, providing that you have the correct software installed.

For online training you will need a computer, but you won't need to have any software installed.  This is because you'll use Windows Remote Desktop to connect to our computers, and these will have all of the necessary files and software installed.

The start of the course

For online courses you will be able to join up to half an hour before the course begins. This will give you time to:

  • familiarise yourself with the set-up;
  • meet your trainer; and
  • get to know the other delegates!

For classroom training it's always nice if people arrive a bit early too, to give people time to meet each other (and drink coffee).

You'll be given a full colour courseware manual, an exercise booklet to go with the course and a USB stick for taking course files away (we'll post all this to you for online courses).

After the course

After the course finishes you'll receive a digital certificate proving your attendance (we will gladly send a paper copy on request also).

We don't have any formal arrangement for answering questions after the course, but if you get stuck on something and email your trainer they should (and nearly always do!) respond as quickly as their training schedule allows.

Related Courses

You might like to consider these related courses:

Introduction to SSIS


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