DTS is a set of related tools that enable you to manipulate or transform data
from various sources. To create a DTS package, you can use the DTS wizards to
move data. You can also use the more advanced DTS Designer, which lets you
create a multitude of packages and workflows. You can connect to a data store,
create tasks that allow you to FTP data, and create your own tasks using a
scripting language. Adding DTS to your repertoire will bring a whole new
dimension to your skill set.
To access the DTS Designer, open Enterprise Manager from the Start Menu,
right-click on Data Transformation Services, and choose New Package.
Figure A shows the New Package window.
There are 11 connection options (Figure B) and 17 task options (Figure
C) for you to choose from.
Lets create a package that
will do the following:
- Query our sample pubs database for a list of authors and their
- Save the results to an Excel spreadsheet
First, open the DTS
Designer and add the Microsoft OLE DB Provider For SQL Server connection.
Specify the pubs database and the authentication method, as shown in
Next, choose Microsoft Excel 97-2000 and specify the Excel document, as shown in
Once you have created your source and destination, hold down the [Ctrl] key and
select both the OLE DB and the Excel connections. Then, choose the Transform
Data Task, as shown in Figure F. The DTS Designer will present the
Transform Data Task Properties dialog box (Figure G), where you can build
You can choose the Destination tab to view your table and the Transformations
tab to define the transformation between your source database and your
destination database. When you are finished, click OK and save your package by
clicking the Save button on the toolbar. Enter the name and location of the
package and click OK.Now you are ready to view your packages and test
them. To do this, open Enterprise Manager and expand Data Transformation
Services. Choose Local Packages, as shown in Figure H, and right-click
and execute the package.
You can take this example one step further by adding a Send Mail task so that
every time you run the package, it sends the YTD spreadsheet to the appropriate
managers as shown in Figure I.