Is it possible to use SQL Server Profiler to trace a running SSIS package? I tried to do that, but all I can see in the trace is executing dp_sqlagent_... and the other internal commands! None of the tables/script that the package is working on displayed in the trace.

I tested different trace templates but had not much lock. Have you got any experience in this area?

Thank you.

Cheers, Nazila

2 Answers 2


If you aren't seeing the activity in your trace, it may not be getting that far. You'll want to turn up some logging for your SSIS package.

  • For any other person benefit, as Eric mentioned above, to be able to trace a SSIS package in SQL Server Profiler, you need to first set the SSIS loggings int the package. Follow the steps below: Open the SSIS solution > Clik on SSIS menu > Add a new log while you choose the Provider Type as 'SSIS log Provider for Windows Event log' > Click on Details tab and select any events you are interested in logging > Save the log entry.
    – Sky
    Aug 13, 2012 at 4:15

BIDS Helper has a built-in package profiling tool which is pretty cool when running the package interactively. It's available (once you've installed BIDS Helper) by right-clicking the package and then 'Execute and Visualize Performance'.


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