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SSIS: My Toolbox is Missing!

I work with BizTalk (BTS) and SSIS frequently. In one of my environments, whenever I've programmed in BTS, then jump back to SSIS, the SSIS toolbox is missing in action.

Here's what I do to solve the problem in that environment:

  • Save the application and close Visual Studio.
  • Go your AppData\Local\Microsoft\VisualStudio\[whatever version]
  • Rename the *.tdb files there to something else like *.tdb.x
  • Open Visual Studio  (Note: You will see the progress status bar re-initializing all available toolboxes.)
  • Open the application.
  • On the canvas, navigate to a space without an annotation or a component.
  • Right Click and select SSIS Toolbox.

Update: I recently upgraded from vs2010 to vs2012 in another environment without a biztalk installation-- in this case, when the toolbox wasn't visible, I just went to the canvas, did a right click, selected on SSIS Toolbox and that solved the issue. Try this action first. This may be all you need to do to resolve this issue in your environment.
Thursday, July 11, 2013 4:19 PM

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# re: SSIS: My Toolbox is Missing!

i guess that was good advise if i only knew what she was talking about! 1/14/2014 12:35 PM | debra

# re: SSIS: Myy Toolbox is Missing!

@Debra, the best advice ever!! :) BizTalk and SSIS (Sql Server Integration Services) are Microsoft products used for migrating/transforming source data to target destinations. Both of these tools have a visual component for creating data/control flows. Every once in awhile the canvas or work area looses track of the toolbox associated with it. 1/15/2014 4:48 PM | askpaula

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