We have Import and Export Data Wizard, which is used to import or export data from Excel files to SQL Server using Wizard. For example, if we have the requirement to import Data from Excel files to the SQl Server database, we can use the SSIS Import and Export Data Wizard.
The below screenshot will show you the data present in the source.xls Excel file.
Import Data from Excel to SQL Server Using SSIS Import and Export Data Wizard
Double click on SQL Server Import and Export Data tool and it will open the Wizard. The first page is the welcome page.
If you don’t want to see this page again, Please tick the checkbox “Do not show this starting page again”. For now, click Next
Choose a Data Source Page: This page is used to configure the source information. Our source is an Excel file, so we are selecting Microsoft Excel as our Data Source
Then we have to choose the excel file data to Import to SQL Server Using SSIS Import and Export file from our local drive.
From the above, you can observe that we picked the Excel file.
If your Excel file includes column name in the first row then, tick the checkbox ‘Column name in the first data row’. If not, uncheck it.
Click on the Next button.
Choose a Destination Page: This page is used to configure the Destination information. Our target is the SQL database, so we are selecting the Native Client as our Destination, and we are using our instance as the server name.
Please select the destination database from the list. Let us choose the SSIS Tutorials here.
Authentication: Here, we are using windows authentication. But in real-time, your organization or company provides the authentication credentials to access the database. In that case, you have to change the radio button to server authentication and provide the user name and password.
Click Next button to Import Data from Excel to SQL Server Using SSIS Import and Export
Specify Table Copy or Query: Here we have two options
- Copy data from one or more tables or views: Use this option to select from existing tables or view (All the columns data)
- Write a query to specify file data to transfer options: This is the option we normally use because there will be unnecessary columns in every table. So it is better to avoid them or select data with the condition.
Select Source Tables and Views: This page is used to select the destination table from the database if you have already created it. If not click on the Edit Mappings button will open the window like below to create a table and also Edit button to customize
Click on Edit Mappings button
From the above Import Data from Excel to SQL Server Using SSIS Import and Export screenshot, you can observe that,
- Here we can create a new table, or we can customize the already existing table by clicking the Edit button.
- We can drop the existing table and recreate it by selecting the Drop and re-create destination table
- Enable identity insert option will help you to insert values into an identity column
The preview button is used to see the column data.
Save and Run Package: This page gives us the option to save the package in either SQL server or File system. For the time being, we are selecting file system
Click Next button
Name: Change the package name as you wish
Description: Write your description
File Name: Select the file name and file location by clicking on the Browse button and navigate to the appropriate location. (This is the place, where the package is going to save).
Click the Finish button to complete the Import Data from Excel to SQL Server Using SSIS Import and Export Wizard. Let’s open the SSMS and check the output data