Can you use a stored procedure as the source for Lookup Transaction because it seems to fail on the EXEC statement?

  • Where exactly are you putting EXEC procedure_name? Try under Modify the SQL statement on the Advanced tab. If that's where you are doing it, then the error message is probably telling you the truth - it needs to be a table, a view, or a SQL statement (e.g. a SELECT query, not an EXEC). Feb 7, 2017 at 20:42
  • @AaronBertrand. EXEC procedure_name is the the query. Found that if I replace that with SELECT * FROM OPENQUERY() in the Connection Tab that it works. Don't like having to use OPENQUERY.
    – ArgeeSix
    Feb 7, 2017 at 20:49
  • Yeah that is an ugly workaround. Feb 7, 2017 at 20:51
  • @AaronBertrand But necessary because the SSIS package uses the same lookup 32 times and I would hate it if I had to ever change the logic.
    – ArgeeSix
    Feb 7, 2017 at 20:59
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    @AaronBertrand Thanks for showing me my blinders. It was vendor provided code. The stored procedure could just as easily be a view.
    – ArgeeSix
    Feb 7, 2017 at 21:09

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I would suggest trying to put the stored procedure logic into a view or table-valued function, which could then be referenced in the lookup.

If that can't be done, then you can use the ugly workaround you already discovered:

SELECT * FROM OPENQUERY(LoopBackServer, N'EXEC db.dbo.procedurename;');
  • The other way around this is to switch from no cache to full cache. Full cache will allow you to use a stored procedure.
    – ArgeeSix
    Feb 7, 2017 at 21:41

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