Error: The connection manager '' is not properly installed on this computer

20 August 2014
Daniel Cai

We have received a few reporting of "The connection manager '' is not properly installed on this computer" error from our customers who are using SSDT-BI for Visual Studio 2013. The following are the entire error message reported by Visual Studio if you try to create a connection manager developed a third-party vendor or yourself (if you are writing a homegrown custom integration solution).

The new connection manager could not be created. (Microsoft Visual Studio)
The connection manager '' is not properly installed on this computer. (Microsoft.DataTransformationServices.Design)
For help, click:
Program Location:
   at Microsoft.DataTransformationServices.Design.DtsBasePackageDesigner.GetConnectionInfo(String creationName, IServiceProvider serviceProvider)
   at Microsoft.DataTransformationServices.Design.ConnectionManagerDesigner.InitializeConnectionManagerUI()
   at Microsoft.DataTransformationServices.Design.ConnectionManagerDesigner.OnNewConnectionAdded(ConnectionManagerUIArgs connectionUIArg)
   at Microsoft.DataTransformationServices.Design.DtsConnectionService.CreateConnection(String connectionType, ConnectionManagerUIArgs connectionUIArg)

This is a bug of the initial release of SSIS 2014 design time bits. The solution for this problem is simple, you just have to uninstall the SSDT-BI software that you have previously installed, and use the following link to download and install a newer release which should fix the problem.

For SSIS 2014 run-time, you should at least get its cumulative update 2 installed (we noticed that the cumulative update includes some other important fixes, and it is highly recommended).

This error happens to any third-party or custom SSIS connection managers, we are luckily one of such vendors being affected by this bug.

Hope this helps.

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