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Best Practice SSIS Naming Conventions

It is very easy for SSIS packages to get messy if you don’t adhere to some strict naming conventions. As a consultant, my job is to try to make the SSIS packages as easy to understand as possible. One way to do this is to make sure to use naming conventions for all your tasks and components so that someone can easily tell what they are looking at.

I have been using naming conventions in my SSIS packages from a post I found awhile back. The tables I am displaying below come from a Microsoft MVP, Jamie Thomson, found here. Don’t get discouraged if they are hard to memorize at first. After using them for a while it is now second nature to me!

Use these to name SSIS Tasks:

Task Prefix
For Loop Container FLC
Foreach Loop Container FELC
Sequence Container SEQC
ActiveX Script AXS
Analysis Services Execute DDL ASE
Analysis Services Processing ASP
Bulk Insert BLK
Data Flow DFT
Data Mining Query DMQ
Execute DTS 2000 Package EDPT
Execute Package EPT
Execute Process EPR
Execute SQL SQL
File System FSYS
FTP FTP
Message Queue MSMQ
Script SCR
Send Mail SMT
Transfer Database TDB
Transfer Error Messages TEM
Transfer Jobs TJT
Transfer Logins TLT
Transfer Master Stored Procedures TSP
Transfer SQL Server Objects TSO
Web Service WST
WMI Data Reader WMID
WMI Event Watcher WMIE
XML XML

Use these to name SSIS Components:

Component Prefix
DataReader Source DR_SRC
Excel Source EX_SRC
Flat File Source FF_SRC
OLE DB Source OLE_SRC
Raw File Source RF_SRC
XML Source XML_SRC
Aggregate AGG
Audit AUD
Character Map CHM
Conditional Split CSPL
Copy Column CPYC
Data Conversion DCNV
Data Mining Query DMQ
Derived Column DER
Export Column EXPC
Fuzzy Grouping FZG
Fuzzy Lookup FZL
Import Column IMPC
Lookup LKP
Merge MRG
Merge Join MRGJ
Multicast MLT
OLE DB Command CMD
Percentage Sampling PSMP
Pivot PVT
Row Count CNT
Row Sampling RSMP
Script Component SCR
Slowly Changing Dimension SCD
Sort SRT
Term Extraction TEX
Term Lookup TEL
Union All ALL
Unpivot UPVT
Data Mining Model Training DMMT_DST
DataReader Destination DR_DST
Dimension Processing DP_DST
Excel Destination EX_DST
Flat File Destination FF_DST
OLE DB Destination OLE_DST
Partition Processing PP_DST
Raw File Destination RF_DST
Recordset Destination RS_DST
SQL Server Destination SS_DST
SQL Server Mobile Destination SSM_DST

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