I'm frequently getting errors along the lines of

Error: 0xC020901E at Build Test Data, Lookup ID String[120]: Row yielded no match during lookup.

To resolve these, I'm going back to the source and making intelligent guesses, but it would be far easier if I could see the row that fails.

What's the best way to do this in SSIS (using MSSQL2012)?


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There's nothing I've encountered that provides out of the box capability for this and I'll be delighted if someone proves me wrong.

Therefore, what I do is a controlled failure.

controlled failure 00

My lookup against DimEmployee should always yield a match. Data was loaded to that table before this dependent package executed. There's no opportunity for source data to change betwixt that load and but I was still running into situations where the lookup yields no match. And no, it's not a late arriving dimension, just they had a poor understanding of what the requirements were.

At any rate, what I do is set no match to "Redirect Rows to No Match Output". For those of you on 2005, you'll have to make do with the "Redirect Rows to Error Output"

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I then count how many rows flow out of the failed lookup because if there's one failure, there might be more. That's the downside to even if the lookup could capture this row failed - it's only going to show you the first row and I generally want to know all the failures.

Controlled failure

I use a script task for this and as I type this up, I can see how this could be made into a re-usable component... My Script Task acts as a Transformation but I could have just as easily specified a Destination. I map in the columns that I used in the lookup and yielded no match. For this example, I have an EmployeeID and their EffectiveDT

What I'm going to do in this component is fire a Warning event for every row that comes through. The default for 2012 projects run in the SSISDB will capture warning events. Once all the rows have gone through, in my PostExecute method, I'll raise the Error event which will cause the DataFlow as a whole to fail.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Data;
using Microsoft.SqlServer.Dts.Pipeline.Wrapper;
using Microsoft.SqlServer.Dts.Runtime.Wrapper;

public class ScriptMain : UserComponent
    /// <summary>
    /// Variable identifying whether we had any rows
    /// </summary>
    bool Found;    

    /// <summary>
    /// Initialize our variable
    /// </summary>
    public override void PreExecute()
        this.Found = false;

    /// <summary>
    /// Error out the entire task if we found any rows
    /// </summary>
    public override void PostExecute()

        if (this.Found)
            bool cancel = true;
            ComponentMetaData.FireError(0, "SCR Lookup Employee", "Unmatched Employees found. See warning for more context", string.Empty, 0, out cancel);

    /// <summary>
    /// Emit warnings for all the bad rows and then flag the entire operation as having bad rows
    /// </summary>
    /// <param name="Row">The row that is currently passing through the component</param>
    public override void Input0_ProcessInputRow(Input0Buffer Row)
        this.Found = true;
        string msg = string.Format("Research->{0}:{1}", Row.EmployeeID, string.Format("{0:yyyy-MM-dd}", Row.EffectiveDT));

        ComponentMetaData.FireWarning(0, "Unmatched Employees", msg, string.Empty, 0);

I then run my package on the server and observe the execution/operation id. If you go into the All Executions report in SSMS, this is the value in the first column, ID. In this case, I see 938 so I then run the following query in the SSISDB


    @operation_id bigint = 938;

    ,   CHARINDEX('->', OM.message) AS arrow
    ,   CHARINDEX(':', OM.message, CHARINDEX('->', OM.message)) AS colon
    ,   LEN(OM.message) AS length
    ,   RIGHT(OM.message, LEN(OM.message) - CHARINDEX('->', OM.message) -1) AS elements
        catalog.operation_messages AS OM
        OM.message_type= 110
        AND OM.message_source_type = 60
        AND OM.message LIKE '%research%'
        AND OM.operation_id = @operation_id
    ,   CHARINDEX(':', SRC.elements) AS colon
    ,   LEN(SRC.elements) AS length
    ,   SRC.elements AS RelevantText
    ,   LEFT(SRC.elements, CHARINDEX(':', SRC.elements) -1) AS EmployeeID
    ,   RIGHT(SRC.elements, LEN(SRC.elements) - CHARINDEX(':', SRC.elements)) AS EventDate
,   P.RelevantText 
,   P.EmployeeID
,   P.EventDate

That's going to give me all the relevant bits I'd see in the "All Messages" report but with the advantages of I can click and select things and I've already parsed out what I need.

message RelevantText    EmployeeID  EventDate
DFT Load FactPayroll:Warning: Research->90132693:2011-05-25 90132693:2011-05-25 90132693    2011-05-25
DFT Load FactPayroll:Warning: Research->900432371:2011-05-25    900432371:2011-05-25    100432371   2011-05-25
DFT Load FactPayroll:Warning: Research->900443209:2011-05-25    900443209:2011-05-25    100443209   2011-05-25
DFT Load FactPayroll:Warning: Research->900443418:2011-05-25    900443418:2011-05-25    100443418   2011-05-25

Running in interactive mode

If you're running this from the context of Visual Studio/SSDT/BIDS, I wouldn't even worry about the script's output, just add a Data Viewer and then you don't have to worry about crawling through logs.

Alternative to modifying your package (2012+)

The 2012 release of SSIS gave us a new tool for troubleshooting already deployed packages: Data Taps. These are a per-execution mechanism that allows you to generate a CSV (only) extract at a particular point in a Data Flow. This is amazingly helpful in highly regulated environments (SOX/SAS 70/HIPPA/PCI) where you can't just deploy an updated package without signoff from everyone on planet Earth. Just run the package with a special bit set and it'll generate an CSV in a well known location.

For the referenced screenshot above, if I wanted to see all the source data that was going to hit "LKP DimEmployee", I'd identify my PackagePath: \Package\DFT Load FactJobAction and my IdentificationString: Paths[ALL DateSK.Union All Output 1] and then use the script in Josh's article



--  First create an execution instance.  Data taps are valid for the specified
--  execution instance only
EXEC catalog.create_execution 
        N'DW Folder',  --Folder name in SSISDB 
        N'DW Project', --Project name in SSISDB
        N'FactJobAction', --Package name in SSISDB
        NULL, --optional parameter to hold reference ID for later use
        0, --optional  parameter set to 1 if 32-bit runtime required
        @ExecutionID OUTPUT;


--  Next create the actual data tap.  The parameters specified below deterimine
--  at which point in a specific package the data tap will be added.  
EXEC catalog.add_data_tap
        @ExecutionID, --output from catalog.create_execution
        N'\Package\DFT Load FactJobAction', --PackagePath property value from data flow task in SSDT
        N'Paths[ALL DateSK.Union All Output 1]', --IdentificationString property value from data flow task in SSDT
        N'File.csv', --Desired Output file name
        NULL, --optional paramter to specify number of rows to log. NULL for all rows
        @DataTapID OUTPUT; --output ID

--  This final block of code executes the package.  The data tap file output 
--  will be found in the %SSISRoot%\DataTaps directory upon completion
EXEC catalog.start_execution 
        @ExecutionID;  --output from catalog.create_execution
  • NB: the output of ComponentMetaData.FireWarning appears in debugging output.
    – jordanpg
    Mar 5, 2014 at 16:54
  • re: debugging in VS, the Data Viewer allows me to see what's going into the Lookup, but I still can't see what failed. I can add a Data Viewer to the No Match output but a breakpoint in the script is the way to go for investigating strange text-matching issues.
    – jordanpg
    Mar 5, 2014 at 17:25
  • All the answers from billinkc are really enlightening to me, but this time I must have missed the point; why not just redirect the rows the yielded no match to a file/table, and inspect from there? What's the use of the script? Thanks billinkc
    – gif
    Apr 29, 2015 at 22:35

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