SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) is a powerful tool Microsoft provides for data integration and workflow applications. SSIS packages allow you to design, create, and manage data integration workflows. Editing SSIS packages is essential for developers and administrators working with SQL Server. This blog will walk you through a step-by-step guide on editing SSIS packages using SQL Server Integration Services.

How to edit in SQL Server Integration Services package?


Before we begin, confirm that you have the following prerequisites in place:

  1. SQL Server Integration Services are installed on your machine.
  2. SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) or SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS) installed, depending on your SQL Server version.
  3. Access to an existing SSIS package that you want to edit.

Step 1: Launching SQL Server Integration Services:

  1. Open SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) or SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS).
  2. Go to “File” and select “Open.”
  3. Choose “Project/Solution” from the options and browse to the location of your SSIS project.

Step 2: Locating the SSIS Package:

  1. Once the project is opened, locate the SSIS package you want to edit in the Solution Explorer window. It typically has a “.dtsx” extension.
  2. Double-click on the package to open it in the designer.

Step 3: Editing the SSIS Package:

  1. The SSIS package will open in the designer, displaying a control flow and various data flow tasks.
  2. To make changes, you can right-click on components, tasks, or connections to access their properties.
  3. To modify a component’s properties, select it and update the values in the Properties window.
  4. To add new components or tasks, drag and drop them from the Toolbox onto the designer’s surface.
  5. You can also rearrange, delete, or connect components using designer tools.

Step 4: Modifying Connection Managers:

  1. To modify the connection managers used in the package, right-click on the “Connection Managers” section in the Solution Explorer and select “Properties.”
  2. In the Properties window, you can update the connection manager properties, such as server name, database name, username, and password.

Step 5: Debugging and Testing:

  1. To test your modified SSIS package, right-click on the package in the Solution Explorer and select “Execute Package” or press F5.
  2. Monitor the progress and check for errors or warnings in the “Progress” and “Output” windows.
  3. Fix any issues encountered during testing by returning to the designer and making the necessary changes.

Step 6: Saving and Deploying Changes:

  1. Once you have finished editing the SSIS package, save your changes by clicking on the “Save All” button or pressing Ctrl+S.
  2. To deploy the modified package to the SQL Server, right-click on the project in the Solution Explorer and select “Deploy.”


 Editing SQL Server Integration Services packages allow you to customize and enhance your data integration workflows. Mastering the art of editing SSIS packages will empower you to build robust and efficient data integration solutions. This blog provided a step-by-step guide on editing SSIS packages using SQL Server Integration Services. Following these instructions, you can efficiently modify packages, update component properties, and test your changes before deployment.

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