DBA's often monitor Backups, Replication e.t.c manually or through some automation but there is one thing which needs to be monitored is linked server. Often there may be some issue in linked server and DBA's will not know till Application user raises issue. Also there is no straight method to test excel linked server since the external procedure by SQL 2005 will say pass even the excel sheet is deleted from the path. So this script will help you to monitor Linked servers from SQL 2005 and i will also post a SQL 2000 version of this script later.
Also fine below the behaviour of excel sheet on different action and the test i have done on this script. Any enhancements/suggestions are always welcome!
Testing Done on Behaviour of Excel Linked Server When Excel sheet is used by some one [For General Understanding on Excel]
Testing Done using Script with Status
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