Friday, April 24, 2015

SSIS Flat File Text Showing Up in Quotes Although Column is Set to Qualified

Short Description:  An SSIS package using a flat file datasource with columns set as TextQualified = true come through showing the text qualifier in the destination.

Problem:  This is just a case of a two part setting being in two oddly different places.  A column is set to TextQualified under Connection Manager Editor, Advanced, Column Name, TextQualified (true).  The Text Qualifier itself is set under The file connection's properties.

Solution:  In addition to enabling the TextQualified setting at a column level.  The qualifier has to be specified at the connection properties level.

To set the Text Qualifier:

  • In SQL Server Data Tools.
  • Right click the Connection Manager and select Properties
  • In the Properties pane on the right hand side, under Misc
  • Enter your Text Qualifier (e.g. ") in the TextQualifier property.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SSIS Code Page Error Moving Flat File to OLE DB destination

Short Description:  When creating an SSIS dataflow moving data from a flat file directly to an OLE DB destination, the OLE DB destination throws a code page inconsistency error.

Problem:  An OLE DB destination that is fed by a Flat File Source which is in turn fed by a Flat File connection throws an error "Error 2 Validation error. Stage Sent Data: Stage Sent Data: The column "MyColumn" cannot be processed because more than one code page (65001 and 1252) are specified for it."  SQL server is by default Code Page 1252, and Unicode is 65001 for a text file. if you don't put the output columns through a Data Conversion transform before they get to the OLE DB destination, they will fail with this error.

Work Around:  I say work around because changing the Code page of the flat file connection does not actually result in the Code page staying saved, but it does result in the OLE DB destination accepting the input.

To Work Around:

  • Open the Flat File Connection, and change the Code Page from '65001 (UTF-8)' to '1252 (ANSI - Latin I)'
  • Click OK to save
  • Open the OLE DB Destination which is showing the error.
  • Close the OLE DB Destination which is showing the error.
  • The OLE DB Destination should now, now longer show the error.
  • For kicks, look at the Flat File Connection, and see that the Code Page is back to '65001 (UTF-8)'

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Amazon SDK Samples Target Framework, Reference Mismatch

Quick Description:  After installing the Amazon SDK for .NET, a Visual Studio (in this case SSIS Script editor for 2012 (VS2010)) solution from one of the samples doesn't recognize the reference for AWSSDK.  In an SSIS script task, this is also an issue building a new solution using the SDK.  All usage of the namespace in the project's code generate 'type or namespace name 'Amazon' could not be found' errors.

Problem:  In this case, it was caused by a mismatch between the reference dll version and the project target framework version.  VS 2010 can't target Framework 4.5, so it should default to 3.5.  However, I'm just not really sure which dll the (AWSSDKAndSamples_2.3.18.0) are targeting by default, if you're using VS 2010 because I tested on both a 3.5 machine and a 4.5 machine, and although both came up targeting 3.5, the .dll was mismatched on both.  I brought the S3 sample up targeting both 3.5 and 4.x and in both cases, had to remove the existing reference and add the correct one for the target version.

For Standard VS 2010.  To solve the problem in standard VS 2010, make sure both the Reference and the target Framework are the same version.  Logically, this should already be the case with the sample.

To check your Target framework, right click your project, and under Target framework, select either 3.5 or 4.x. (3.5 is the only option that is available for VS2010 and AWS SDK.

To add a new reference to the right framework (adding the reference appears to be the clincher, switching between target framework versions didn't help me).  Right click references, select Add Reference and browse for AWSSDK.dll.  If you chose a default install the .dll is in C:\Program Files (x86)\AWS SDK for .NET\bin\Net35 or Net45.

For a Script Task in SSIS (technically VS2010), unfortunately, I think you might be out of luck.  I was unable to get it to work in the script task.

Monday, January 6, 2014

How to install a wildcard certificate on Dell DRAC

This does not seem to be well documented, but I have tested this procedure on RAC/DRAC/iDRAC 6 and 7 with Internet Explorer (versions 6,8,11), Firefox (version 26 Windows and Linux), Chrome (version 32 Windows and Linux).  The process used an Entrust wildcard certificate.

  1. Obtain a wild card certificate, intermediate certificates (if any) and private key from a Certificate Authority (CA).
  2. Change the default key size on the DRAC using racadm -i config -g cfgRacSecurity -o cfgRacSecCsrKeySize 2048
  3. Upload your private key using racadm -i sslkeyupload -t 1 -f private.key
  4. Create a text file (yourfile.crt) that includes, in this order, your wildcard.crt, a Carriage Return Line Feed (CRLF) and your intermediate.crt.  Remove any other Carriage Returns (CR) except for the CRLF between certificates.  If you are performing this on Windows, you will probably need use something other than Notepad to succeed.
  5. Upload the text file you created using racadm -i sslcertupload -t 1 -f yourfile.crt

Firefox generally would not succeed without the intermediate certificate authorities, while Internet Explorer (and Chrome on Windows) would work without issue.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Oracle PL/SQL search for repeated substring

Short Description:  Query to find instances of a substring immediately repeated in a single string.

Description:  the query below finds a substring repeated immediately after the first.  My current example is searching username data for records for which the first and last name are the same.

trim(SUBSTR(USERNAME, INSTR(USERNAME, ' ', 1, 1)+1))= trim(substr(USERNAME, 1, instr(USERNAME,' ')))

SSIS 2012 Transfer Database task failure


Quick Description:  The SSIS 2012 Transfer Database task fails with error code 0x80131500 (An error occurred while transferring data)

Full Error:

Error: The Execute method on the task returned error code 0x80131500 (An error occurred while transferring data. See the inner exception for details.). The Execute method must succeed, and indicate the result using an "out" parameter.

There are multiple things to check here:

Check all the paths are correct in the destination database section of the task.  SSIS auto-populates this, but it isn't necessarily correct, and appears to just be the file locations of the source database.  If those path don't exist on the target server, it will fail.  See this thread for more information.

Check permissions to the data/log directories on the destination server for the machine account of the source server.


Verify you are not attempting to transfer from 2012 *to* an older version

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Lotus SameTime doesn't start when launched

Short Description:  Attempting to launch Lotus Sametime results in the application being highlighted in the taskbar but not getting to the splash screen or subsequently launching.

Problem:  IM is way off topic for this blog, but this occasionally happens to me and is maddening.  In my case, TaskManager will show multiple copies of "rcplauncher.exe" are running but Sametime.exe is not.   It appears to be a copy of the file %APPDATA%\Lotus\Sametime\.rcp.lock is...well...locked and preventing the application from launching.

To fix step by step

  • Kill all instances of rcplauncher.exe
  • Remove the hidden attribute from %APPDATA%\Lotus\Sametime\.rcp.lock
  • delete or rename .rcp.lock (I'm not sure there are a lot of situations in which you would need to back up this file, but if you're concerned, back it up).

Or run this from command line/as a cmd file:

  • Taskkill /F /IM rcplauncher.exe (for earlier versions of windows kill.exe may be necessary instead of taskkill)
  • attrib -a -h %APPDATA%\Lotus\Sametime\.rcp.lock
  • del /q %APPDATA%\Lotus\Sametime\.rcp.lock
    • if the file isn't found and shows in explorer, check that the APPDATA environment variable is set correctly
      • "set |findstr APPDATA" should return
        • <users>\<your username>\AppData\Roaming