How to deploy SSIS project with encrypted data?


We have a SSIS project where one of the packages is connecting to a REST API. We use the HTTP connection manager (with username/password) and a script component to open the connection manager and parse the response. Protection level for all packages are EncryptSensitiveWithUserKey. Everything works in Visual Studio, and can be deployed with Deployment Wizard to the SSIS-DB. In the SSIS-DB we can run the package, and also change connection manager password/username via environments.

But we are not able to achieve this via our normal automated deployment: Check-in to TFS and use VSTS-buildserver with Powershell scripts. When running the package from SSIS-db we get:

Failed to decrypt protected XML node "DTS:Property" with error 0x80070002 "The system cannot find the file specified.". You may not be authorized to access this information. This error occurs when there is a cryptographic error. Verify that the correct key is available.

We (believe we) know how SSIS protection levels and encryption works, and the cause is obvious: The SSIS file is encrypted with user key, and the Deployment Wizard (run by developer!) decrypts/re-encrypts with the SSIS-catalog key. But the build server does not have the user key, hence the decryption-step is invalid. However, we would expect that this should not be an issue, since the password is replaced by the SSIS-environment, but is gives the above error.

We have tried all protection levels:

  • DontSaveSensitive: Package can't run in either VS/SSISDB.
  • EncryptSensitiveWithPassword: Passwords are unsupported in the PowerShell $folder.DeployProject command. Same method as here.
asked on Stack Overflow Jun 25, 2018 by Martin Th√łgersen • edited Jun 26, 2018 by Martin Th√łgersen

2 Answers


With EncryptSensitiveWithUserKey mode, you can try to setup build/release agent on your machine and change service account to your account, then deploy through this agent.

answered on Stack Overflow Jun 26, 2018 by starian chen-MSFT

I am encountering the same problem now with Azure DevOps and the SSIS DevOps tasks targeting SQL Server 2016.

I suspect that using the Microsoft.SQLServer.Management.IntegrationServices assembly behaves differently to the ISDeploymentWizard executable.

I have found that this issue occurs for sensitive package parameters only and not project parameters so one solution is to replace your sensitive package parameters with project parameters.

The issue would occur when running the package with the sensitive package parameter from the catalog but in some cases the package would run without issue when executed as a child package.

I also found that some packages would report successful package execution but looking at the event messages the Failed to decrypt protected XML node "DTS:Property" with error 0x80070002 would be present.

An alternative solution is to execute the ISDeploymentWizard from the command line. This does require that the target catalog folder already exists as the wizard will not create it. Therefore a step is needed before this to create the catalog folder if it does not already exist.

PowerShell script below should work for SQL Server 2016 as is:

### Variables
$targetServer = "localhost"
$targetCatalogFolder = "IsDeploymentWizard"
$sourceFolder = "C:\Users\mhept\source\repos\SsisDeploy\AzureDevOpsSensitiveInChildPackage"

### Ensure Target Catalog Folder Exists
Add-Type -AssemblyName "Microsoft.SQLServer.Management.IntegrationServices, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=89845dcd8080cc91, processorArchitecture=MSIL"

$ssisNamespace = "Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.IntegrationServices"

# Create a connection to the server
$sqlConnectionString = "Data Source=" + $targetServer + ";Initial Catalog=master;Integrated Security=SSPI;"
$sqlConnection = New-Object System.Data.SqlClient.SqlConnection $sqlConnectionString

# Create the Integration Services object
$integrationServices = New-Object $ssisNamespace".IntegrationServices" $sqlConnection

# Get the Integration Services catalog
$catalog = $integrationServices.Catalogs["SSISDB"]
$catalogFolder = $catalog.Folders[$targetCatalogFolder]

if($null -eq $catalogFolder){
    # Create the target folder
    Write-Host "Creating Catalog Folder $targetCatalogFolder"
    $catalogFolder = New-Object $ssisNamespace".CatalogFolder" ($catalog, $targetCatalogFolder, "")

$targetCatalogPath = "/SSISDB/$targetCatalogFolder"

$ispacs = Get-ChildItem -Path $sourceFolder -Filter "*.ispac" -Recurse
$isDeploymentWizard = Get-ItemPropertyValue -Path "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server\130\SSIS\Setup\DeploymentWizardPath" -Name "(default)"

foreach($ispac in $ispacs) {
    $projectName = $ispac.BaseName
    $sourcePath = $ispac.FullName

    Write-Host "Deploying $projectName ..."
    Start-Process -Wait -FilePath $isDeploymentWizard -ArgumentList "/Silent", "/SourceType:File", "/ModelType:Project", "/SourcePath:$sourcePath", "/DestinationServer:$targetServer", "/DestinationPath:$targetCatalogPath/$projectName"
    Write-Host "Successfully deployed $projectName"
answered on Stack Overflow Nov 6, 2020 by mheptinstall • edited Nov 7, 2020 by mheptinstall

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