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Importing from Excel into SQL Server

Sep 15, 2009 • SQL Server, T-SQL • 1 min read

I was going through a mountain of pain trying to get an import working from an Excel spreadsheet working into SQL Server 2005 but I finally managed it and here’s how…

Here’s the SQL I’m using (slightly abridged!) :

set transaction isolation level read committed

declare @sql nvarchar(1024)
set @sql = 'select * into ##Temp from opendatasource(''Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0'', ''Extended Properties=Excel 8.0;Data Source=' + @ExcelFileToImport + ''')...' + @ExcelWorkSheet
exec sp_executesql @sql

Points to note :

The requested operation could not be performed because OLE DB provider "Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0" for linked server "(null)" does not support the required transaction interface.

I was having trouble executing within a transaction but with the changes made above the sql could be called with the following :

using (TransactionScope scope = new TransactionScope())
    UploadExcelIntoDatabase(importTicket, importFilename);
Post by: Philip Hendry