SSIS Script Task and Proxy Auto Configuration (PAC) Script

Actually this post could have been divided into several topics, but currently time does not permit me to write that often. So this will be the whole shabang at once.

We needed to import data from an external source, using Java Script Object Notation [JSON], through Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services [SSIS]. Using a Script Task to set up the connection , retrieve the HttpWebRequest and passing the data along to SQL Server was, in broad terms, the way to solve the task. Now, along the way a Proxy Auto Configuration [PAC] Script was introduced, which complicated things a bit.

A PAC is a script that let’s for example Internet Explorer, or any other agent, to choose the appropriate proxy to use, for the current context. An example of a PAC script could look like this:

The quick reader, will already have spotted, that such a PAC Script can indeed return several proxy URLs, separated by semicolon ‘;’. Ours did, in our case. I was ignorantly expecting a single URL to be returned, and spent some ½-hour trying to fix things here and there, without actually getting to the cause. Thanks MessageBox.Show(…) 🙂

So, how to integrate this into the Script Task of SSIS?

A piece of code on Code-Project managed to get me up and running in a jiff, so please have a look at: http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/12168/Using-PAC-files-proxy

The article explains how to set a proxy using PAC files. The solution presented in the article uses the WinHttp.dll for obtaining a proxy URL.
When this code is embedded into the Script Task, it’s a stroll in the park to get your data flowing.

Now, this has every mark of a quick ‘n dirty, so you might want to make it a lot more robust. The list of proxy servers I receive could be put to a better use, rather tahn just picking the first one… But I hope this helps shed some light onto how to connect SSIS Script Task through a proxy, using a PAC Script.

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