Get the passwords from SSIS Environment variables

SSIS has a neat feature – it encodes all the sensitive data when you set it as – well – sensitive. It’s a great thing for environment variables – you write once, use it to configure the project and then you can forget the password. Or write it down for later use. In the future. Some day. Maybe. But what if you need to do the configuration on another server? Or you’re just curious how to decode encrypted data? SSIS has to do it somehow, right?

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What happens during SSIS deployments?

When you deploy SSIS project basically you have two options – right click on project name and standalone tool (let’s skip SMO and stuff). Both mean the same: IsDeploymentWizard.exe. I was curious what happens during deployment and why mode/Silent finishes deployment very quickly, so I started digging.

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