SSIS Catalog – Path to backup file could not be determined

I was creating an SSIS catalog at a new project, but I was greeted with the following error message when I hit OK:


The path to the catalog backup file could not be determined. Integration Services might not be installed on this server, or the user may not have the appropriate access permissions.

My initial reaction was something like this:


Why? Because I was sure SSIS was installed and I am an admin on the machine. A typical case of “the error has nothing to do with the issue, whatsoever”. Luckily I came across this Twitter conversation while googling for the error:

And lo and behold, I was indeed using the wrong version of SQL Server Management Studio. Whoops. I quickly switched to SSMS 2014 and indeed, the issue went away.

Koen Verbeeck

Koen Verbeeck is a Microsoft Business Intelligence consultant at AE, helping clients to get insight in their data. Koen has a comprehensive knowledge of the SQL Server BI stack, with a particular love for Integration Services. He's also a speaker at various conferences.

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