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Informatica: how to get the auto-generated primary key of a table in Informatica mapping?

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My question is very similar to the one below, but on a informatica environment:

Retrieving the index of an inserted row

Here is a brief summary of the issue: I'm trying to figure out how I can insert a row into a table and then find out what the value of the auto_incremented id column was set to so that I can insert additional data into another table. Our target is SQL server 2008. We have a table which has to be populated by informatica ETLs and the application is also using the same table - so, we can't use informatica sequence generator.

In the past when I have used Oracle database, there was a Oracle sequence generator transformation available in Informatica - but for SQL server, I am not sure.

Any solutions please?

posted Oct 17, 2014 by Amit Sharma

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You could use a sequence generator with the 'Reset' flag enabled so that it begins with 1 each session run, then use a Lookup to cache the current max sequence value from the target table. Then you can predict the sequence number that SQL Server will generate when a record is inserted by adding NEXTVAL to the max value.

answer Oct 20, 2014 by Shweta Singh
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