SSIS Interview Questions and Answers for Experienced and Freshers

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SSIS Interview Questions and Answers for Experienced and Freshers


Here we are publishing series of posts on SSIS Interview questions with answers for experienced and freshers . Below is the series 1.

Q. Define SSIS?


SQL Server Integration Services — commonly known as SSIS is the new platform that was introduced in SQL Server 2005, for data transformation and data integration solutions. This replaced the DTS in SQL Server 2000.

Q. Name a few SSIS components?


  • Integration Services Projects
  • Integration Services Packages
  • Control Flow Elements
  • Data Flow Elements
  • Integration Services Connections
  • Integration Services Variables
  • Integration Services Event Handlers
  • Integration Services Log Providers

Q. What is a project and Package in SSIS?


Project is a container for developing packages. Package is nothing but an object. It implements the functionality of ETL — Extract, Transform and Load — data.

Q. What are the 4 elements (tabs) that you see on a default package designer in BIDS?


Control Flow, Data Flow, event Handler and package explorer. (Parameters – 2012 Data Tools)

Q. What is a Control flow and Data Flow elements in SSIS?


Control Flow:

Control flow element is one that performs any function or provides structure or control the flow of the elements. There must be at least one control flow element in the SSIS package. In SSIS a workflow is called a control-flow. A control-flow links together our modular data-flows as a series of operations in order to achieve a desired result.

A control flow consists of one or more tasks and containers that execute when the package runs. To control order or define the conditions for running the next task or container in the package control flow

Data Flow:

All ETL tasks related to data are done by data flow elements. It is not necessary to have a data flow element in the SSIS package. A data flow consists of the sources and destinations that extract and load data, the transformations that modify and extend data, and the paths that link sources, transformations, and destinations. Before you can add a data flow to a package, the package control flow must include a Data Flow task. The Data Flow task is the executable within the SSIS package that creates, orders, and runs the data flow. A separate instance of the data flow engine is opened for each Data Flow task in a package.

Q. What are the 3 different types of control flow elements in SSIS?


  • Structures provided by Containers
  • Functionality provided by Tasks
  • Precedence constraints that connect the executables, containers, and tasks into an ordered control flow.

Q. What are the 3 data flow components in SSIS?


  • Source
  • Transformation
  • Destination

Q. What are connections and connection managers in SSIS?


Connection as its name suggests is a component to connect to any source or destination from SSIS — like a sql server or flat file or lot of other options that SSIS provides. Connection manager is a logical representation of a connection.

Q. What is the use of Check Points in SSIS?


SSIS provides a Checkpoint capability which allows a package to restart at the point of failure.

Q. What are the command line tools to execute SQL Server Integration Services packages?


DTSEXECUI – When this command line tool is run a user interface is loaded in order to configure each of the applicable parameters to execute an SSIS package.

DTEXEC – This is a pure command line tool where all of the needed switches must be passed into the command for successful execution of the SSIS package.

Q. Can you explain the SQL Server Integration Services functionality in Management Studio?


You have the ability to do the following:

  • Login to the SQL Server Integration Services instance
  • View the SSIS log
  • View the packages that are currently running on that instance
  • Browse the packages stored in MSDB or the file system
  • Import or export packages
  • Delete packages
  • Run packages

Q. Can you name some of the core SSIS components in the Business Intelligence Development Studio you work with on a regular basis when building an SSIS package?


  • Connection Managers
  • Control Flow
  • Data Flow
  • Event Handlers
  • Variables window
  • Toolbox window
  • Output window
  • Logging
  • Package Configurations

Q. Name Transformations available in SSIS?


DATACONVERSION: Converts columns data types from one to another type. It stands for Explicit Column Conversion.

DATAMININGQUERY: Used to perform data mining query against analysis services and manage Predictions Graphs and Controls.

DERIVEDCOLUMN: Create a new (computed) column from given expressions.

EXPORTCOLUMN: Used to export a Image specific column from the database to a flat file.

FUZZYGROUPING: Used for data cleansing by finding rows that are likely duplicates.

FUZZYLOOKUP: Used for Pattern Matching and Ranking based on fuzzy logic.

AGGREGATE: It applies aggregate functions to Record Sets to produce new output records from aggregated values.

AUDIT: Adds Package and Task level Metadata: such as Machine Name, Execution Instance, Package Name, Package ID, etc..

CHARACTERMAP: Performs SQL Server column level string operations such as changing data from lower case to upper case.

MULTICAST: Sends a copy of supplied Data Source onto multiple Destinations.

CONDITIONALSPLIT: Separates available input into separate output pipelines based on Boolean Expressions configured for each output.

COPYCOLUMN: Add a copy of column to the output we can later transform the copy keeping the original for auditing.

IMPORTCOLUMN: Reads image specific column from database onto a flat file.

LOOKUP: Performs the lookup (searching) of a given reference object set to a data source. It is used for exact matches only.

MERGE: Merges two sorted data sets into a single data set into a single data flow.

MERGEJOIN: Merges two data sets into a single dataset using a join junction.

ROWCOUNT: Stores the resulting row count from the data flow / transformation into a variable.

ROWSAMPLING: Captures sample data by using a row count of the total rows in dataflow specified by rows or percentage.

UNIONALL: Merge multiple data sets into a single dataset.

PIVOT: Used for Normalization of data sources to reduce anomalies by converting rows into columns

UNPIVOT: Used for de-normalizing the data structure by converts columns into rows in case of building Data Warehouses.


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