Multicast Transformation in SSIS

Multicast Transformation in SSIS sends input data to multiple destination paths without applying any conditions or transformations. OR, Takes ONE Input, makes the logical COPY of data, and passes the same data to multiple outputs.

SSIS Multicast Transformation is very useful when applying different transformations on the same dataset in parallel. For instance, If we’re going to perform two types of transformations on the same dataset. Then use SSIS Multicast Transformation to make two copies of the same data. Next, on each copy, we can perform different transformations.

Multicast Transformation in SSIS Example

In this example, we use SSIS Multicast transformation to send the OLE DB source data (from Dimcustomers and Fact internet sales tables) to multiple destinations, such as Excel files and Text files, using both Excel destination and Flat File destination.

STEP 1: Drag and drop the data flow task from the SSIS toolbox to control flow and rename it Multicast Transformation.

Multicast Transformation in SSIS 1

Double click on the data flow task will open the data flow tab.

STEP 2: Drag and drop OLE DB Source, Multicast Transformation in SSIS toolbox to data flow region

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STEP 3: Double click on the OLEDB source in the data flow region will open the connection manager settings and provides space to write our SQL statement.

OLE DB Source Editor 3

The SQL Command that we used in the above screenshot is:

SELECT Color, 
FROM DimProduct
     FactInternetSales AS Fact 
   ON DimProduct.ProductKey = Fact.ProductKey

For this SSIS Multicast Transformation example, we are selecting a color, English Product Name, List Price, Dealer Price, and English Description from the DimProduct table, and Sales amount column from the Fact Internet Sales table presented in [Adventure Works DW 2014]

STEP 4: Click on the OLE DB Source columns tab to verify the columns. In this tab, we can uncheck the unwanted columns also.

Check Available External Columns 4

STEP 5: Click the OK button. Next, Drag the arrow downwards and attach it to Multicast. There is nothing to do with SSIS Multicast Transformation because it will just transfer the data to multiple outputs. Please, drag and drop the Excel Destination into the data flow region.

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STEP 6: Now, we have to provide Excel Connection Manager and table details of the destination. So double-click on the Excel Destination and provide the required information.

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Here we selected the DimProducts.xls as our Excel destination sheet

TIP: You have to create the Excel sheet before using it in the Excel Connection Manager. If you checkmark the First row with a column names option, Column names will save in the first row of the selected Excel sheet.

Excel Destination Editor 7

Here we selected the Product_Destination table, so to check the result, you have to open the Product_Destination sheet inside the DimProducts.xls

STEP 7: After configuring the table, click on the Mappings tab to check whether the source columns are exactly mapped to the destination columns.

mapping Input and output Columns 8

Click ok to finish configuring the Excel destination.

STEP 8: Drag and drop the Flat File Destination, and connect to SSIS Multicast Transformation. Now we have to provide Flat File Connection Manager and the file name of the destination. So double-click on the Flat File Destination and provide the required information.

Flat File Connection manager 9

STEP 9: Click the Mappings tab to check whether they are precisely mapped to the destination columns.

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Click ok to finish the SSIS Multicast Transformation package setup and Run the package.

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Check the result of Multicast in the Excel sheet.

Excel Destination File 12

Check the SSIS Multicast Transformation result in a Text file.

Destination Text File 13

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