Deploy SSIS Packages to different Deployment Locations

AIM :-  In this Tutorial, we will show you how to Deploy SSIS Package to various Deployment locations.

Description :-  We will divide this post into 2 parts for in-depth learning and better understanding :-

Part 1 :- In this, will deal grab knowledge on various Deployment locations.

Part 2 :- Further, we will learn how to Deploy SSIS Packages with all available locations.

Before getting into the Technical part, I would like to introduce myself. Friends, I am Uday Krishna and this is my first article for “PhpRing”. I am passionate for MSBI suite and will be working on MSBI section of PhpRing Tutorials. I hope you all will like my first post on how to deploy SSIS packages.

Part 1. Deployment Locations

Let’s now understand SSIS Package deployment. Once our package is ready, we have the following 3 options to deploy SSIS Package. These 3 Deployment locations are explained below.

  1. Deploy SSIS Package to the SQL Server (msdb Database).
  2. Deploy SSIS Package to the Package Store.
  3. Deploy SSIS Package to the File System.

SSIS package is actually just an XML file. We will take each Deployment location and will try to understand the differences between them.

Step 1.  Deploy SSIS Package to SQL Server :-

In this scenario, all SSIS packages will be deployed into msdb system database.

Step 2.  Deploy SSIS Package to Package Store :-

In this scenario, all SSIS packages will be deployed under package store (C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\110\DTS\Packages). SSIS is made aware of this location through the Folder tab in MsDtsSrvr.ini.xml configuration file and which is located in SSIS installation directory C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\110\DTS\Binn. This configuration file also contains SqlServerFolder which is pointing to msdb database and the configuration file looks as pasted below –

Deploy SSIS Package to Package Store

Step3.  Deploy SSIS Package to the File System :-

In this scenario, packages will be deployed in the Normal file system. Normal File system can be either file or folder.

Step4.  Understand difference between Package Store and File System :-

The difference between Package store and normal File system is that when Packages are deployed into any folder other than package store (C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\DTS\Packages). The packages cannot be accessed from the Stored Packages => File system location when SQL Server management studio connected.

SQL Server Management Studio path for Package Store

File system accesses only the packages which are placed under File System Folder location from Configuration file. You can change the Package store location by changing the Storepath tag in configuration file and you can also add multiple folders to the package store by repating 9-12 lines in configuration file. Find the below modified configuration file where I have added another folder to Package store.

NOTE :-  Be careful when you are doing modifying system configuration file.

Deploy SSIS Package to File System Folder

Stored packages now have two folders as part package store which is shown below. SSIS service needs to be restarted to reflect changes once configuration file is modified.

SQL Server Management Studio path for File System

With this we completed our First part on how to Deploy SSIS Packages to various different Deployment locations. I hope you liked this part on Understanding different Deployment locations. In our Next partI will explain how to Deploy SSIS Packages by using BIDS/SSDT tool or directly from Integration server (SQL server management studio) or Command tool (DTUTIL.exe) into above mentioned locations.

Part 2.  Deploy SSIS Packages

In the Previous part, I have explained about Different locations where our SSIS packages can be deployed. In this part, I will explain the available tools by which we can Deploy SSIS packages in those locations.

Option 1Deploying Packages from SQL server management studio :-

Object Explorer in SQL Server Management System

Launch SQL Server Management Studio and connect to Integration Services. You can see object explorer as shown below.

There are two locations (File system and MSDB (Specified in package store MsDtsSrvr.ini.xml)) under Stored Packages where our   packages will be deployed.


To Install either on File system/MSDB database, you have to select import package option. This will be popped up when you Right click on the File System/MSDB option which will then displays a Import Package dialog box as shown below.

Import Package Dialog Box in SSIS Package Deployment

Import package dialog box is the one where we have to specify the package details which we are going to deploy. If you select File System option, Import package deploys package in the specified file system location in the XML file MsDtsSrvr.ini.xml. If you select MSDB, import package deploys package in MSDB database

  1. Package Location : Specify the package location where deployable packages are located. Available options are File System, SQL Server, and SSIS Package store.
  2. Server : You have to specify server name from where our packages are selected and this option is enabled only when SQL Server and SSIS package store options in Package location selected.
  3. Authentication : You need to specify type of authentication (windows/SQL authentication) used to access saved packages and authentication Options will be enabled when SQL Server option is selected.
  4. Package Path : Specify Package path where packages are saved.
  5. Package Name : Specify the name of the package to be used after deployment is done.
  6. Protection level : Tells SSIS how to deal with sensitive data stored within packages. Available Protection level are mentioned below.Protection Levels in SSIS Package Deployment

For the purpose of example, I have selected package stored in File system and saved as calc package name under package store as shown below.Import Package Property settings in SSIS Package Deployment

Option 2:  Installing SSIS packages using DTUTIL tool :-

dtutil.exe is a command tool used to manage SSIS packages. By using this tool you can copy, move, and delete packages from the three locations file system, Microsoft SQL Server database or Package store. You can check existence of the package using this tool. This tool identifies the storage type by /SQL /FILE and /DTS option. DTUTIL command tool is a better option when packages are to be deployed as batch command.

DTUTIL Syntax :-  DTUtil /option [value] [/option [value]].  Below table lists all Options and its values to be used in the tool.

List of options to be used for DTUTIL command in SSIS

In this example I will show how to copy a package Stored in File system to 3 available options.
Example 1 :- DTUTIL /FILE Package.dtsx /COPY SQL;SQLpack1 /DestUser sa /DestP S@lSERVER2013
Example 2 :- DTUTIL /FILE Package.dtsx /COPY DTS;SQLpack1
Example 3 :- DTUTIL /FILE Package.dtsx /COPY FILE;C:\SQLpack1
If you want get help about each command, you can type the dtutil /help on the command prompt which gives complete information about the command with examples.

Option3 :  Deploy packages using BIDS/SSDT environment :-

SSIS 2012 has two Deployment models – Project deployment model and Package deployment model. Before proceeding further first will understand what is Project deployment model and package deployment model.

Project deployment model :- Microsoft introduces this new deployment model in SSIS 2012. In this model, all the packages and variables will be saved as single file with an .ispac extension.  This model is enabled by default when SSIS project is created using SSIS 2012. In this new model, new concept parameter has been introduced to assign values. There is one nice article already written on “PhpRing Tutorials” explaining this concept. You can check the article here – New way of Deployment model in SSIS .

Package deployment model :- Package deployment model is the old process is used to deploy packages from one computer server to another server. This model also manages package dependencies such configuration, connections and other files required for package.

In this example, we will learn how to use this model to Install packages using 2012. For the purpose of this example, I have created SSIS project with two packages as shown below. These two packages execute select command on the specified database.

Package Deployment Model in SSIS

As I explained in Project deployment model, integration project in 2012 will be created with Project deployment model by default. In order change Package deployment model Right click on the integration project explorer and select the option convert to package deployment model as shown below.

How to Convert to Package Deployment model in SSIS

When integration project is converted to Package deployment model, all the configuration will be converted as per package deployment model requirement and project will not be converted into package deployment model if any project deployment model features are used in the project such as parameters.
1.  If we have not used any of the project deployment, SSIS project will be converted successfully with below message.

Project is Compatible with Package Deployment in SSIS

2.  If our Project is used project deployment model, it will end up with below error message when tried to convert.

Project is not Compatible with Package Deployment in SSIS

Once the project is converted to Package deployment model, solution explorer will be shown as below.

Solution Explorer in SSIS after Project is converted by Package Deployment Model

Here project.params removed as this feature is only part of project deployment model. You can convert this project again to project deployment model (Rightclickà Select convert to project deployment model option).  After package is converted into the model –

  1. Go to Properties of the Integration project.
  2. Select Deployment utility under configuration properties.
  3. Change Deployment utility option to true (this is false by default).
  4. Provide Deployment path where deployment utility bundle will be saved.
  5. Bin\Deployment is default location and this can be changed to any path.

Set Deployment properties in SSIS

This deployment Model (Package) options will only be displayed when SSIS project is converted to Package deployment model.
Build the application which creates deployment bundle in the specified path. This bundle consists of package files and other package variables added to the integration project and deployment utility will be created by this name <package name>.SSISDeploymentManifest. Copy the deployment utility folder to destination server and click on Deployment manifest utility and select the location where our packages will be installed which will then install packages either on File system or SQL server based up on selected option.

With this we complete our both parts of the topic Deploy SSIS Packages to Different Locations. I hope both the parts clear your concepts on How to Deploy SSIS Packages and What are various Deployment Locations. Your feedback is valuable and if you have any queries, Please drop a comment below. You can subscribe to our Fb page for more – PhpRing Tutorials FB Page.

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  • Hearty Welcome to PhpRing.
    Very very interesting post Uday.
    Keep going.
    Congratuations and all d best for future posts.

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  • sanjiv

    Article is Beautifully written.

  • Rabbil

    Interesting Post, deployment was known only in SSMS…. Now various ways known to me including installation… Cheers !!

    Now, I am eager to know how could we integrate the deployed packages with our front end (web UI) ?

    Can I expect an article on my question ?

    • Hi Rabbil,
      Sure bro !!!
      On Demand. Very soon 🙂
      I am happy to know it helped you 😉

      Chander Sharma

  • srinu

    Hi, how to deploy single ssis package in ssis 2012 version.can you provide any steps/document.

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  • Sidhu

    Thank you for this article…Keep posting!

  • sathish

    Excellent post 🙂

    and Please share how to automate the ssis package taks and in detail about Sql agent and other available options


  • Ch.s.vasu

    nice post…