Union All Transformation in SSIS is used to combine data from multiple sources (excel files, flat file etc) or multiple SQL tables and produce one output to store in the destination table. Union All Transformation in SSIS does not follow any particular order while merging the data and storing in the destination table
For example, company has 100 stores and each store maintain their own sales data. End of the day they all belongs to one company and your job is to find out the one month or year sale for any single product. It is not practical to visit 100 stores or cross checking 100 excel or flat files and calculating the sales. In this situations all you have to do is, use SSIS Union All Transformation to combine all the 100 excel files from 100 stores and store it in the data warehouse and then calculate the product sales from the database.
NOTE: Union All Transformation in SSIS will produce only one output and it does not support error output.
Union All Transformation in SSIS Example
We have products sales data stored in three different excel files (SALES 1, SALES 2, SALES 3 as shown in the below screenshot). And, we want to export all the excel data into one SQL database table.
STEP 1: Drag and drop the data flow task from the toolbox to control flow and rename it as Union All Transformation.
Double click on the Union All Transformation will take us to Data flow region.
STEP 2: Drag and Drop three Excel sources from the toolbox to data flow region
Double click on first Excel source in the data flow region will open the connection manager settings and provides option to select the table holding the source data.
From the above Screenshot you can observe that, we are selecting SALES 1.xls file as source. Click ok to select the table or Excel sheet which is holding the data.
Here we selected the LESS_THAN_400 Table present in the Sales1.xls
STEP 3: Click on columns tab to verify the columns. In this tab we can uncheck the unwanted columns also.
STEP 4: Double click on second excel source to configure it with Sales 2 excel file.
Do the same for another excel file. Next, Drag and Drop the Union All Transformation into the data flow region
STEP 5: Join all the Excel sources to the Union All Transformations by dragging the output arrows
STEP 6: Double click on Union All Transformation will open Union All Transformation editor window to configure it
TIP: Union All Transformation editor will automatically maps columns as long as the column names are same, if they aren’t then we have to do it manually. Please be careful with the data conversions while working with Excel.
STEP 7: Drag and drop OLE DB destination and double-click on it to configure. Now we have to provide Server, database and table details of the destination.
Here we selected the SSIS Tutorials database and [Union All Transformation] table as destination.
STEP 8: Click on Mappings tab to check whether the source columns are exactly mapped to the destination columns.
By clicking ok we finish developing the Union All Transformation in ssis package So, Let us run the package
Let’s open the SQL Server Management Studio and check the result
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