This article provides a step-by-step guide on starting the SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) database. It also describes the steps required to launch the SSISDB Database.

How to start SQL Server Integration Services?

SSISDB is a new feature in SQL Server 2016. It’s a container for SSIS packages and their metadata, which means you can store your SSIS packages in one central place and access them from any server you have permission.

SQL Server Integration Services

The name of the default instance of SSISDB is [SSISDB]–this will be different if you have multiple instances running on your server.

Launch SQL Server Management Studio.

Launch SQL Server Management Studio.

  • Click [Start] > [All Programs] > [Microsoft SQL Server 2016].
  • In the left pane, under IDE Tools, click [SQL Server Management Studio], and then click [Yes] to confirm that you want to run this program as an administrator (if prompted). The SQL Server Management Studio window opens on-screen.

If you’re running SSISDB in another language than English, click Options > International Settings. Select a different language from the dropdown list at the bottom of this dialog box and then click OK.

Right-click on the SSISDB folder and select Start SSISDB Database.

Right-click on the SSISDB folder and select Start SSISDB Database.

This will start an SQL Server instance that stores metadata and configurations for your SSIS packages. This database can be left running as long as you want; however, it needs to be manually started when you want to use it again after it has been stopped or restarted.

You can now start SSISDB.

SSISDB is the engine that runs your SSIS packages. It’s a database that stores metadata about your SSIS packages, such as their names and descriptions, package parameters and settings, event handlers (such as error handlers), control flow tasks, data flow destinations, and sources–even data sources within each package!

SSISDB is also where you’ll find all of your configurations for SQL Server Integration Services: whether or not it was installed with an account in Windows Authentication mode; which version of .NET Framework it uses; whether or not encryption has been enabled for any connections made through the OLE DB provider; and more!


The steps outlined above should help you start with SQL Server Integration Services. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us in the comments below!

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