Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Copy/Rename a file using File System Task in SSIS

This is a reference answer to a post on MSDN forum but is very useful

Question: While copying and renaming a file to a dynamic location through File System Task using variable throws an error

Error: Failed to lock variable "c:\test\test_200904202009.txt" for read access with error 0xC0010001 "The variable cannot be found. This occurs when an attempt is made to retrieve a variable from the Variables collection on a container during execution of the package, and the variable is not there. The variable name may have changed or the variable is not being created.".

How to copy and rename a file to a dynamic location using SSIS?


I will move and rename a file "test.txt" from c:\ to c:\backup with new name appended with date.

1) Create three variables

Src_File = c:\test.txt
Dest_File = test
Dest_Dir = c:\backup

2) In connection Manager create a File Connection with name as DestinationConn

3) In Expression property of DestinationConn use ConnectionString and provide following expression

@[Dest_Dir] + "\\" + @[Dest_File] + "_" + (DT_WSTR,4)DatePart("yyyy", GetDate()) + RIGHT("0" + (DT_WSTR,2)DatePart("mm", GetDate()), 2) + RIGHT("0" + (DT_WSTR,2)DatePart("dd", GetDate()), 2) + RIGHT("0" + (DT_WSTR,2)DatePart("hh", GetDate()), 2) + RIGHT("0" + (DT_WSTR,2)DatePart("mi", GetDate()), 2) + ".txt"

this will set the destination path and new name for the file

4) Create a File System task and configure like :

5) Execute the package

To run the package create a file named "test.txt"  and a folder "backup"at C:\

Please leave a comment.


Anonymous said...

thats cool....

Anonymous said...

Im getting following error:-

The error is thrown by Connections collection when the specific connection element is not found

Anonymous said...


need help
In above expression we get getdate as file name . But in my case i need one day previous date from Tusday to Friday and on Monday 3 days previous date .

Could you plz help .


Anonymous said...

This is Good One

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Anonymous said...

Thanks is was exactly what I needed

Anonymous said...

Thanks is was exactly what I needed too

Anonymous said...

Thnxx a lottt..!!

Anonymous said...

Very good it works

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much!!!!!!!! This is what exactly I am looking for and it worked for me. :)

Rahul Kumar said...


Anonymous said...

I've been trying to do similar but with several files. What's the set up on the ForEach Loop Container? Can it be done?

Anonymous said...

Thank you!!! I've just lost 1/2 day trying to do the same thing in a wrong way!

Anonymous said...

Hi , I have got a error stating destination connection manager DestinationConn has an invalid usage type "Folder Exists" KINDLY HELP ME

Anonymous said...

Well done... thank you!

Anonymous said...

This is awesome. thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks alot man!!!

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Anonymous said...

Works like a charm, thanks a lot!

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

This is a great post. Very simple to follow and it works! Love it!

Smaranika said...

Can we move a file into a folder then rename it appending date with the file name?

Anonymous said...

Good One Man.Carry on with your great work

Anonymous said...

Finally! An example of a rename and copy that works! Thank you.

Anonymous said...

perfect, thanks !

Anonymous said...

Worked like a charm!!! Thanks

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Anonymous said...

I cant down load this package, what do i have to do?

Allan McLuckie said...

Super helpful...thanks

- said...

Thank you very much for this great tool. It work very well when you run it in Visual Studio.
Unfortunately, when I try to run teh package from a SQL Job, I got the following error :

Error Code: 0xC0012024 Source: TimeStamp & Backup Description: The task "TimeStamp & Backup" cannot run on installed (64-bit) of Integration Services. It requires Standard Edition (64-bit) or higher. DTExec: The package execution returned DTSER_FAILURE

Any idea why ? Thank you again for your work.

Erik said...

Sweet! Thanks. I was struggling with trying to set expressions on the File System Task and not the Connection Manager.

Anonymous said...

Problem: This performs a move & rename not a copy & rename .....

Solution: change operation to copy file

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Anonymous said...

Good Job! Exactly what I'm looking for. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot, it solved a lot of issues!

Unknown said...

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Larry Heppelmann said...

Thanks,.... that did the trick!

Anonymous said...

How can I get it to copy and rename. When I try this it is moving and renaming.

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Anonymous said...

Very Nice! Excellent post and precisely what I needed without a lot of grief or endless searching on the WWW. Thank You Sir!


Anonymous said...

Just what I needed. Thanks!

Mangesh Sai said...

Hi Buddy,

It executes only once , if we want to rerun the task its not executing ,is there any alternative to process it.

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before I have problem cannot copy file because file name too long. and after I found long

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Anonymous said...

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Try "Long Path Tool" program.

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