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Classroom training -  Fast track SSIS

Online Training

3-day fast track Integration Services (SSIS) course

Live online training course - classroom version also available

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

Our Introduction to SSIS course will be enough for most people, but it has one big omission - it doesn't cover script components or script tasks.  For most people this won't be a problem, but if you do want to discover how to program data and control flow tasks in C#, this three-day fast-track course might be the one for you!

Our online fast-track courses are only available as tailored courses (you can see why here). They're not for the faint-hearted: the idea is to provide as quick a start to learning software as possible, for people who are IT-ability-rich but time-poor.

Course Contents

This fast-track course combines topics from the following other Wise Owl courses:

From our INTRODUCTION TO SSIS course

SSIS basics

  • Solutions and projects
  • Basic packages
  • Control and data flow tasks
  • The 32-bit question

Data flow tasks

  • Connection managers
  • Sources and destinations

Using different data connections

  • SQL Server (OLEDB)
  • Connecting to Excel workbooks
  • New and existing flat files
  • Multiple flat files

Data viewers

  • Attaching data viewers
  • Data buffers

Basic data transforms

  • Sorting and aggregating
  • Sampling data
  • Dividing and uniting data

Data conversion transforms

  • The SSIS data types
  • Unicode and ASCII data
  • Type cast functions

Variables and expressions

  • The Row Count transform
  • User and system variables
  • Expression tasks

Debugging

  • Setting breakpoints
  • The Locals window

Derived column transforms

  • SSIS expressions
  • Using SSIS functions
  • Using the conditional operator

Handling errors

  • Redirecting and ignoring errors
  • Truncation errors

Conditional split transforms

  • Splitting data by expression
  • Using comparison operators
  • Syntax for multiple conditions

Lookup transforms

  • Redirecting unmatched rows
  • Choosing a cache mode
  • Setting unmatched rows to Unknown
  • Adding unmatched rows automatically

File system tasks

  • Working with files
  • Working with folders

Looping over files

  • The file name variable
  • Configuring the loop
  • Expression constraints

Importing multiple files

  • Using expressions for connections
  • Dynamic connections within loops

Looping over rows

  • Object variables
  • Reading in data
  • Looping over ADO rows
  • Dynamic connection strings

Using parameter placeholders

  • Using the ? Symbol
  • Mapping parameters

Merge joins

  • How they work
  • Comparing two data sets

Basic deployment

  • Project-level deployment
  • Creating a catalog
  • Deploying and viewing in SSMS

Covered if time allows If time

Using parameters

  • Package and project parameters
  • Using parameters in expressions
  • Deploying parameters
  • Why to avoid environments
From our ADVANCED SSIS course

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

Covered if time allows If time

Sending mail

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

Covered if time allows If time

Accessing file attributes

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

Covered if time allows If time

Logging and auditing

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

Events

  • Creating an event
  • Pre- and post-execute events
  • Error-handling using events

Benefits of our online training

Here are some reasons to choose Wise Owl online courses:

  • Maximum of 5 people per class
  • Excellent colour courseware manual posted to you in advance
  • Pre-course set-up included in the days before the course
  • No need to install any software on your computer
  • All courses given by one of our 6 Wise Owl trainers

What other people have said

Many thanks to those listed below for kindly agreeing to let us use their names. All of the reviews are from the last 3 calendar years (although some may be for classroom courses):

"Really enjoyed the course, which provided a good grounding. I'm hoping to come back and do the next level. (Into SQL) Great content, very well delivered (Adv SQL)."

Philip Wood (Macquarie Energy Leasing)

"Fantastic course for beginners, delivered excellently by the trainer. The content of the course was perfect, covering everything needed plus giving more information in the course booklet. The exercises were well planned and very useful. Will recommend to everyone in the NHS!"

Craig Benson (NHS Digital)

"Really enjoyed the two days. Have learned lots of things I can apply in my everyday job. I was referred to Wise Owl by a colleague."

Natalie Gatward (ThoughtWorks Ltd)

"The trainer's enthusiasm was really energising. Really appreciated his commitment to queries and support."

Matt Smith (Department for Education)

"Good course, clear understandable trainer, great lunch."

David Tayleur (Central and North West London (CNWL) NHS Foundation Trust)

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How our live online training courses work

We've published a full summary of what it's like to attend a Wise Owl course online - here are the main things you need to know.

What you'll need

You'll need three things for the course:

  1. A computer (obviously) running Windows.
  2. A good internet connection.
  3. A microphone and (ideally) webcam.

In addition you'll find the course very difficult without an additional monitor (so that you can participate in the course on one screen, and use the software you're learning on the other).

What will happen when you book a place

Within a few hours of your booking a place on one of our online courses, we'll be in touch to get you set up correctly.  This usually takes about half an hour, and can be done at any mutually convenient date/time.

A few days before your course begins you'll receive a parcel in the post (free for UK bookings) containing:

  • A full colour courseware manual;
  • An exercise booklet to go with the course; and
  • A USB stick containing the files for the course, should you need a back-up.

Your parcel will even include a Wise Owl Sheaffer biro (they're good; trust us) and pad.

What you won't need

You won't need to install any software at all on your computer.  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; and
  • we use Teams for our online training, which you can run through most modern browsers.
On and after the course

On the day of the course itself you will be able to join the course up to half an hour before it begins. This will give you time to:

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

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

You can see full details of exactly how our online courses work here.