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System Variables

SQL Server Integration Services provides a set of system variables that store information about the running package and its objects. These variables can be used in expressions and property expressions to customize packages, containers, tasks, and event handlers.

All variables—system and user-defined— can be used in the parameter bindings that the Execute SQL task uses to map variables to parameters.

The following table describes the system variables that Integration Services provides for packages.

System variable

Data type

Description

CancelEvent

Int32

The handle to a Windows Event object that the task can signal to indicate that the task should stop running.

ContainerStartTime

DateTime

The start time of the container.

CreationDate

DateTime

The date that the package was created.

CreatorComputerName

String

The computer on which the package was created.

CreatorName

String

The name of the person who built the package.

ExecutionInstanceGUID

String

The unique identifier of the executing instance of a package.

FailedConfigurations

String

The names of package configurations that have failed.

IgnoreConfigurationsOnLoad

Boolean

Indicates whether package configurations are ignored when loading the package.

InteractiveMode

Boolean

Indicates whether the package is run in interactive mode. If a package is running in SSIS Designer, this property is set to True. If a package is running using the DTExec command prompt utility, the property is set to False.

LocaleId

Int32

The locale that the package uses.

MachineName

String

The name of the computer on which the package is running.

OfflineMode

Boolean

Indicates whether the package is in offline mode. Offline mode does not acquire connections to data sources.

PackageID

String

The unique identifier of the package.

PackageName

String

The name of the package.

StartTime

DateTime

The time that the package started to run.

ServerExecutionID

Int64

Execution ID for the package that is executed on the Integration Services server.

The default value is zero. The value is changed only if the package is executed by ISServerExec on the Integration Services Server. When there is a child package, the value is passed from the parent package to child package.

UserName

String

The account of the user who started the package. The user name is qualified by the domain name.

VersionBuild

Int32

The package version.

VersionComment

String

Comments about the package version.

VersionGUID

String

The unique identifier of the version.

VersionMajor

Int32

The major version of the package.

VersionMinor

Int32

The minor version of the package.

The following table describes the system variables that Integration Services provides for the For Loop, Foreach Loop, and Sequence containers.

System variable

Data type

Description

Container

LocaleId

Int32

The locale that the container uses.

For Loop container

Foreach Loop container

Sequence container

The following table describes the system variables that Integration Services provides for tasks.

System variable

Data type

Description

CreationName

String

The name of the task.

LocaleId

Int32

The locale that the task uses.

TaskID

String

The unique identifier of a task instance.

TaskName

String

The name of the task instance.

TaskTransactionOption

Int32

The transaction option that the task uses.

The following table describes the system variables that Integration Services provides for event handlers. Not all variables are available to all event handlers.

System variable

Data type

Description

Event handler

Cancel

Boolean

Indicates whether the event handler stops running when an error, warning, or query cancellation occurs.

OnError event handler

OnWarning event handler

OnQueryCancel event handler

ErrorCode

Int32

The error identifier.

OnError event handler

OnInformation event handler

OnWarning event handler

ErrorDescription

String

The description of the error.

OnError event handler

OnInformation event handler

OnWarning event handler

ExecutionStatus

Boolean

The current execution status.

OnExecStatusChanged event handler

ExecutionValue

DBNull

The execution value.

OnTaskFailed event handler

LocaleId

Int32

The locale that the event handler uses.

All event handlers

PercentComplete

Int32

The percentage of completed work.

OnProgress event handler

ProgressCountHigh

Int32

The high part of a 64-bit value that indicates the total number of operations processed by the OnProgress event.

OnProgress event handler

ProgressCountLow

Int32

The low part of a 64-bit value that indicates the total number of operations processed by the OnProgress event.

OnProgress event handler

ProgressDescription

String

Description of the progress.

OnProgress event handler

Propagate

Boolean

Indicates whether the event is propagated to a higher level event handler.

Note Note

The value of the Propagate variable is disregarded during the validation of the package.

If you set Propagate to False in a child package, this does not prevent an event from propagating up to the parent package.

All event handlers

SourceDescription

String

The description of the executable in the event handler that raised the event.

All event handlers

SourceID

String

The unique identifier of the executable in the event handler that raised the event.

All event handlers

SourceName

String

The name of the executable in the event handler that raised the event.

All event handlers

VariableDescription

String

The variable description.

OnVariableValueChanged event handler

VariableID

String

The unique identifier of the variable.

OnVariableValueChanged event handler

It is frequently useful to save the values of system variables in tables when the package is run. For example, a package that dynamically creates a table and writes the GUID of the package execution instance that created the table in a table column.

If you use system variables to map to parameters in the SQL statement that an Execute SQL task uses, it is important that you set the data type of each parameter binding to the data type of the system variable. Otherwise, the values of system variables may be translated incorrectly. For example, if the ExecutionInstanceGUID system variable, which has the string data type and contains a string that represents the GUID of the executing instance of a package, is used in a parameter binding with the GUID data type, the GUID of the package instance will be translated incorrectly.

This rule applies to user-defined variables as well. But, whereas the data types of system variables cannot be changed and you have to tailor your use of these variables to fit the data types, user-defined are more flexible. The user-defined variables that are used in parameter bindings are usually defined with data types that are compatible with the data types of parameters to which they are mapped.

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