SQL Server Integration services: How to write a package that does Set based updates?



if you’ve a sizable number of rows that need update in SSIS, then you don’t want to do a row based update commands because it won’t be efficient. if you’ve good number of rows that need to be updated then you can use the SET Based updates. it’s a common design pattern for loading dimensions in a data warehouse.

Find the steps below:


There are two main steps to achieve this:

1) Populate the “update” table with rows that have been changed. Note that a new table needs to be created.

2) Run the SQL command to do a SET based update

1. SSIS Set based Updates Integration ServicesLet’s see each step in detail:

1)  Populate the “update” table with rows that have changed.

For this step, first make sure that you have a table that can hold the rows that have been updated.

Then create a Data Flow that take the source data and lookups the data that has changed and puts it in an update/staging table:

2 SSIS Populate the Table with Rows that changed

Note: I’ve used a small table for demo purpose but you won’t use this method if you don’t have a more rows to update because as you can see this method adds an overhead of putting the data in the update table first.

2) Run the SQL command to do a SET based update

Here’s the sample query:

[code language=”sql”]
— run the update command
Update Dim
— [Column3]=Upd.[Column3]
— …
From dbo.DimDestination Dim
Inner Join dbo.Destination_update Upd
on Dim.Destination_sk=Upd.Destination_sk

–Truncate update table
Truncate table dbo.Destination_update


In this post, we saw how to write a package in SSIS that does SET based updates.