Linked Server to an Excel (Office 2003) Spreadsheet from SQL Server 2005

How do I create a Linked Server to an Excel (Office 2003) Spreadsheet from SQL Server 2005?  What is the best Provider to use?
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rboyd56Commented:
Use sp_addlinkedserver to do this. This is a sample is from Books on Line (search for sp_addlinkedserver):

EXEC sp_addlinkedserver 'ExcelSource',
   'Jet 4.0',
   'Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0',
   'c:\MyData\DistExcl.xls',
   NULL,
   'Excel 5.0'
GO

You will need to change the parameters to meet you needs. This uses the OLEDB provider for Jet 4.o, which is basically the only provider there is to get to Excel.
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tomllewisAuthor Commented:
This looks good  What is the syntax for quering the spreadsheet?
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tomllewisAuthor Commented:
The Excel spreadsheet is created via our AS400 and has no named ranges.  I just want all the data.
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rboyd56Commented:
Try this:

SELECT * FROM XLTEST_DMO...Sheet1$

Change the sheet name and linked server to the appropriate names.

Look at this article for more ways to query the Excel spreadsehet:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306397

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tomllewisAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the help!
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