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I am now connecting to SQL tables from inside Excel using Data -> External Connections.  Previously, those SQL tables were FoxPro tables.  The SQL connection text which worked with the VFP tables (using the VFP format for external connections) does not work with SQL tables directly.

This is one of the former connection texts which worked with VFP:

SELECT (alltrim(intran.fpartno)+" / "+alltrim(intran.fcpartrev)), Sum(intran.fqty*(-1))
FROM intran intran
WHERE (intran.type = 'I') AND (intran.fdate>={d '2005-12-31'})
GROUP BY intran.fpartno,intran.fcpartrev

What I need to do now is connect from inside Excel to the external SQL table and execute SQL commands that will do what the ones above did when connected to the VFP table.  I am using MS SQL Server 2005. The intran table has over 500,000 records in it. The only Excel-to-dbf utility I have will not work with Excel 2007 (xlsx) files--longer than 65K rows. What SQL commands do I enter in the command text tab to accomplish this when connected to a SQL table?

Glenn
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This command should work

SELECT (ltrim(rtrim(intran.fpartno))+" / "+rtrim(ltrim(intran.fcpartrev))), Sum(intran.fqty*(-1))
FROM intran
WHERE (intran.type = 'I') AND (intran.fdate>= '2005-12-31')
GROUP BY intran.fpartno,intran.fcpartrev
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by:Glenn Stearns
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This is the default Connection String showing in the Connection Properties/Definition Tab (after I've selected SQL as the connection and selected m2mdata03 as the database and intran as the table from the list of of choices in the drop-down selection box):

Provider=SQLOLEDB.1;Integrated Security=SSPI;Persist Security Info=True;Data Source=m2msever;Use Procedure for Prepare=1;Auto Translate=True;Packet Size=4096;Workstation ID=NM-MXL7140JJ7;Use Encryption for Data=False;Tag with column collation when possible=False;Initial Catalog=m2mdata03

This is the default Command Text showing in the Connection Properties/Definition Tab (double-quotes are part of the text):

"m2mdata03"."dbo"."intran"

If I accept this default text, Excel will import the entire intran table just fine (unmodified by the trim statements, of course, which isn't the way I want the data import to Excel to work!).  If I replace the Command Text with your command text, Excel tells me "Table does not exist."

From a purely SQL standpoint, your command statements look correct; they just don't work in the Excel 2007 data connections process.  What would you suggest I try in consideration of this?

Thanks!
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SELECT (ltrim(rtrim("m2mdata03"."dbo"."intran"."fpartno"))+" / "+
  rtrim(ltrim("m2mdata03"."dbo"."intran"."fcpartrev"))), Sum(intran.fqty*(-1))
FROM "m2mdata03"."dbo"."intran"
WHERE ("m2mdata03"."dbo"."intran"."type" = 'I') AND ("m2mdata03"."dbo"."intran"."fdate">= '2005-12-31')
GROUP BY "m2mdata03"."dbo"."intran"."fpartno","m2mdata03"."dbo"."intran"."fcpartrev"

Are you using the Query builder, the GUI tool?
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by:Glenn Stearns
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I have the Query Builder tool that's part of SQL Server 2005.  I also have SQL Manager for SQL Server, a 3rd party tool that has a good query builder in it.

I'm still getting the same "Table does not exist." message. Evidently that Command Text box does not want SQL statements like it puts there when the table being connected to is a VFP table.  I suppose I should try building the SQL query using the Query Builder tool and save the resulting SQL table as the one I connect to from Excel. I'm not real sure what to try next!
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