PowerShell script to extract T-SQL task code from SSIS packages


Some time back I presented a PowerShell script which extracts T-SQL code from RDL files. Remember that I created this script to assist me in doing code reviews of ad-hoc SQL snippets which were embedded in the report definition files.

Another common usage of ad-hoc T-SQL code is within SSIS packages, specifically the Execute SQL task or the (somewhat less commonly used) Execute T-SQL Statement Task. The sample script I provide in this blog post relates to the Execute SQL task.


To do this efficiently we have a couple of choices:

  • We could parse the DTSX file (as it is finally a XML file) directly
  • We could use the managed API to load the package and iterate through the tasks

Given that our requirement is quite specific and we may want to reduce any dependency on managed objects, I chose to use the XML parsing approach. It does help very much that the DTSX package schema is fully documented (and I have kept in mind the changes done to the DTSX schema in SQL 2012.)

Scope: this script will focus on the Execute SQL task for the moment. Interested readers can modify the script to operate on the (rarely used) Execute T-SQL Statement Task. It will also skip any StoredProcedure invocation calls.


The TSQLfromDTSX.ps1 script takes 2 parameters: the path to the files and an option to recursively look at sub-folders.

powershell.exe .TSQLfromDTSX.ps1 -RootFolder <folder path> -Recurse <0 or 1>

Important: if the folder path has embedded spaces, you need to surround the path with single quotes (‘) and NOT the usual double quotes as you would expect.


It outputs the extracted T-SQL code to the standard output, so you can simply redirect that to another file if required. An interesting feature I’ve plugged into the script is to prefix the T-SQL code with the name of the package and the specific task where that code was found. These ‘identity’ values are surrounded by the ~~ markers, which can make it easy for you to ‘tag’ these batches with some names in other activities.

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Effective technical presentations: a mind-map

Over the last year I’ve been fortunate enough to be trained by some top-notch professionals from the world of media and big-stage events on how to deliver world-class sessions – whether it be a multi-day training, a short TechEd session, an online meeting or webcast, or even a video recording.

From those trainings and also from my experiences delivering and coaching my fellow colleagues to deliver world-class technical sessions, I’ve seem many patterns emerge. Some of these are ‘must-do’ items and some of them are ‘do NOT do this’ type items.

So over time, I’ve been putting together a mind-map of what can help us make great technical presentations. I’m sharing this with the broader community now, in the hope that it helps you and more importantly to solicit your feedback and comments – that’s the way we ALL learn!

Here we go! And do not forget to comment and leave your questions, thoughts and feedback!

(Please click on the thumbnail below to see the full size view.)

Effective On-stage Tech Presentations mind map