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Import Excel Spreadsheet to Database Tables


Import Excel Spreadsheet to Database Tables

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Great article!

Really good info from Jim Cheong too!

I know I'll be upgrading some old Excel work sooner rather than later, and the current lack of a 64 bit Jet driver has had me wondering what best to do.

Thanks!

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Cannot download your stored procedure - link is broken?
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The link in the article does not work anymore. Please use the links in the "Resources" in the end of the article.



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I tried your code on a WinXP 64-bit workstation connected to SQL Server 2008 64-bit. I always get this error:

Cannot bulk load. The file "C:\TestBook.xml" does not exist. at line 1
Msg 50000, Level 16, State 1, Procedure uspImportExcelSheet, Line 497
Cannot bulk load. The file "C:\TestBook.xml" does not exist.

No matter where I put the "TestBook.xml" file ("C:" or a network drive), it cannot find the file.
Am I missing something?


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When running this script, I get:

SET @WorkSheet=NULL; SELECT @WorkSheet=CAST(BulkColumn as xml) FROM OPENROWSET (BULK 'M:\HTS\Export\currency.xls', SINGLE_BLOB ) A;
XML parsing: line 0, character 0, unrecognized input signature at line 1
Msg 50000, Level 16, State 1, Procedure uspImportExcelSheet, Line 497
XML parsing: line 0, character 0, unrecognized input signature

Tried a few xls files, all gave the same error.
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This may be a little off-topic, but is there a way to convert dBase files to xml for import into SQL Server 2008 (64-bit) tables?
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Here is the Openrowset/Opendatasource Test Script you can use after the above installation.

/*
Ref: http://www.connectionstrings.com/excel-2007
If you want to read the column headers into the result set (using HDR=NO even though
there is a header) and the column data is numeric, use IMEX=1 to avoid crash.

To always use IMEX=1 is a safer way to retrieve data for mixed data columns. Consider
the scenario that one Excel file might work fine cause that file's data causes the
driver to guess one data type while another file, containing other data, causes the
driver to guess another data type. This can cause your app to crash.
*/

SELECT *
FROM OPENROWSET(
'Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0',
'Excel 12.0 XML;HDR=YES;IMEX=1Database=c:\install\AgeHeartRate.xls;',
'SELECT * FROM [Sheet1$]');

Select * from opendatasource(
'Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0',
'Excel 12.0 Xml;IMEX=1;Database=c:\install\AgeHeartRate.xls;')...[Sheet1$]
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Denis,

First, in Your scenario, the file needs to be in the C:\ drive of the SQL Server box;

Second, check the file security:
If you log on SQL Server by a SQL Server login, the SQL Server service (process) account is used to access the file.

If you log on SQL Server by Windows Authentication, you can read only those files that can be accessed by your windows account, regardless of the security settings of the SQL Server service account.



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sckemp1,

Did you save your spreadsheet as xml in Excel?



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Gordon,

what program creates your dBase files?

Newer version of dBase, and their clones such as Visual Foxpro, have support for converting tables to XML files.
Otherwise it is quite elementary, although not so fast, to skip through the table and adding XML tags around the values.
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