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Back Up Microsoft Project data to SQL Server through SSIS

Easily back up data to SQL Server using the CData ADO.NET Provider for Microsoft Project. This example uses an SSIS workflow to populate a database with Microsoft Project data.

The CData ADO.NET Provider for Microsoft Project connects Microsoft Project data to applications that provide backup, reporting, full-text search, analytics, and more.

This example demonstrates how to use the provider for Microsoft Project inside of a SQL Server SSIS workflow to directly transfer Microsoft Project data into a Microsoft SQL Server database. The exact same procedure outlined below can be used with any CData ADO.NET Data Providers to connect SQL Server directly with remote data via SSIS.

  1. Open Visual Studio and create a new Integration Services project.
  2. Add a new Data Flow task from the toolbox onto the Control Flow screen.
  3. In the Data Flow screen, add an ADO.NET Source and an OLE DB Destination from the toolbox.

  4. Add a new connection and select .NET Providers\CData ADO.NET Provider for Microsoft Project 2015.
  5. In the connection manager, enter the connection details for Microsoft Project data. Below is a typical connection string:

    User=myuseraccount;Password=mypassword;URL=http://myserver/myOrgRoot;

    The User and Password properties, under the Authentication section, must be set to valid Microsoft Project user credentials. In addition, you will need to specify a URL to a valid Microsoft Project server organization root or Microsoft Project services file.

  6. Open the DataReader editor and set the following information:

    • ADO.NET connection manager: In the Connection Managers menu, select the Data Connection you just created.
    • Data access mode: Select 'SQL command'.
    • SQL command text: In the DataReader Source editor, open the Component Properties tab and enter a SELECT command, such as the one below:

      SELECT ProjectName, ProjectActualCost FROM Projects

  7. Close the DataReader editor and drag the arrow below the DataReader Source to connect it to the OLE DB Destination.
  8. Open the OLE DB Destination and enter the following information in the Destination Component Editor.

    • Connection manager: Add a new connection. Enter your server and database information here. In this example, SQLExpress is running on a separate machine.
    • Data access mode: Set your data access mode to "table or view" and select the table or view to populate in your database.
  9. Configure any properties you wish on the Mappings screen.

  10. Close the OLE DB Destination Editor and run the project. After the SSIS task has finished executing, your database will be populated with data obtained from Microsoft Project data.
 
 
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