I am exporting an excel file through SSIS using excel connection manager. I am using SSIS 2008 version and the excel is .xlsx

    `Date` DATETIME,
    `NMMO` NVARCHAR(30),
    `P1 #` NVARCHAR(30),
    `P2 #` NVARCHAR(30)

but when i see the excel sheet, it gets created but the # symbol is replaced by . I have used P1 '# but it does not make any difference. Is there any way i can retain the column names in excel as it is? Please Help

  • 2
    Do you have to create the sheets in SSIS? I've done it where I make a 'template' of the Excel file I want, and then SSIS makes a copy of that file, and dumps the data into a blank tab that is hidden. The primary tab, 'Sheet1' in your case, would be =A1, =B1, etc. Essentially replicating the results to Sheet1 from the sheet where the results were dumped. This allows me to keep formatting, formulas, graphs, etc. – Shaulinator Dec 7 '17 at 14:06
  • I have to create the sheet on runtime and when the package runs, cannot use copy option. as we dont have other location – aman6496 Dec 7 '17 at 14:41
  • You can't create a subfolder in your current location called Template, store the template Excel doc there, and copy the template file to the main folder in the SSIS package? – RDFozz Dec 7 '17 at 21:59
  • Can we use a script task to rename a column in excel sheet after the file is created. there is a datetime stamp in excel sheet created. – aman6496 Dec 11 '17 at 9:06
  • @aman6496 have you tried my suggestion, i provided a script task code that can achieve this!! – Hadi Jan 15 '18 at 21:27

You can alter the table header using a script task:

Note: you have to add Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.dll file to the following directories (.Net Framework dll directory) C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727 and (sql server data tools dll directory) C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\DTS\Binn (using vs 2005 and sql 2008) and then add this dll as a reference in your script task

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.IO;
using System.Text;
using Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel;

public void Main()  

        string filename = @"F:\ExcelLibrary\myexcel.xls";
        if (File.Exists(filename))
        Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel._Application oApp;
        Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel._Worksheet oSheet;
        Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel._Workbook oBook;
        oApp = new Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Application();
        oBook = oApp.Workbooks.Add();
        oSheet = (Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel._Worksheet)oBook.Worksheets.get_Item(1);
        oSheet.Cells[1, 1] = "Date";
        oSheet.Cells[1, 2] = "NMMO";
        oSheet.Cells[1, 3] = "P1 #";
        oSheet.Cells[1, 4] = "P2 #";
        //Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Range oRange = oSheet.Range["A1", "B3"];
        if (oApp.Application.Sheets.Count < 1)
            oSheet = (Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Worksheet)oBook.Worksheets.Add();
            oSheet = (Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Worksheet)oApp.Worksheets[1];
        Dts.TaskResult = (int)ScriptResults.Success;

Don't forget to set the Delay Validation property to True for DataFlow Task which contains the Excel Source.


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