Using OLE DB Connections from Script Tasks

I write scripts on a pretty regular basic, and often need to access database connections from them. It’s pretty easy to do this if you are using an ADO.NET connection. However, if you are using OLE DB, you have to go through a couple of additional steps to convert the connection to an ADO.NET version. Matt Masson posted a great code sample for doing this conversion.

I use a slightly altered version of this code pretty regularly. It’s been modified to support both OLE DB and ADO.NET connections, so that I can switch connections without having to change the script code.

To use it, you need to add a reference in your script project to Microsoft.SqlServer.DTSRuntimeWrap. Then, add the following to the usings section at the top of the script:

[sourcecode language="csharp"]
using System.Data.Common;
using Wrap = Microsoft.SqlServer.Dts.Runtime.Wrapper;

For the code to get the connection, use the following:

[sourcecode language="csharp" padlinenumbers="true"]
ConnectionManager cm = Dts.Connections["MyConnection"];
DbConnection conn = null;
if (cm.CreationName == "OLEDB")
	Wrap.IDTSConnectionManagerDatabaseParameters100 cmParams =
	cm.InnerObject as Wrap.IDTSConnectionManagerDatabaseParameters100;
	conn = cmParams.GetConnectionForSchema() as DbConnection;
	conn = cm.AcquireConnection(null) as DbConnection;

if (conn.State == ConnectionState.Closed)

// TODO: Add your code here

Dts.TaskResult = (int)ScriptResults.Success;

You can use the “conn” object to perform actions against the connection. Since it’s using the common DBConnection interface, you can use it against any database connection that you have an ADO.NET provider for (which includes OLE DB providers).

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