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Data Transformation Services (DTS) is a set of graphical tools that you can use to extract, transform, and load (ETL) data from many different sources to a single or multiple destinations. DTS was originally released with SQL Server 7.0 to provide a more manageable interface for doing ETL without resorting to batch file scripting. This gives the administrator or developer the ability to easily create complicated workflows for loading and processing data, transforming data for data mining, tracking lineage, and versioning the workflows with less code. DTS was incrementally improved for SQL Server 2000 by increasing logging abilities, save options, and the number of tasks that you could use to create a workflow. These improvements were great, but there were many problems with manageability, reliability, and extensibility that also required attention. Under SQL Server ... (more)