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SQL 2005 How to?  I would like to import an excel spreadsheet as a table, merge it with another table and export.

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What I am trying to do:

1. Import an excel file full of users into SQL.
2. SQL compares that file to an existing database and adds new users only.  Some of the users will be duplicates but I do not want it to re-add old users.  I only want their names entered once of course.
3.  SQL changes the headers to match my required headers like lastname changes to 'last names' for example.
4. SQL exports table already in proper AD format (per number 3 above) to csv file.

I need as much of this to be automated after initial set up.  Can this be done?  How?  Thanks experts.
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by:PedroCGD
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You should fo that using SSIS (SQL Server Integration Services). SSIS is the new version of old DTS
Attach here the examples and I can try you more, doing a example.
Regards!
Pedro
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by:Sp0cky
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For starters, I thought I could execute the change of headers by doing this:

SELECT lastname AS surname, firstname, [phone number] as phone, email as mail
FROM yourtable


If you're creating a new table:
INSERT INTO newtable
SELECT lastname AS surname, firstname, [phone number] as phone, email as mail
FROM yourtable

But it is giving me an "invalid object " error next to "yourtable"
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You need also to add a lookup to your transformations... If you want to automatize, why you dont use SSIS? The components in SSIS are optimized to do this job.
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Sorry what is a lookup and transformation.?
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Also, how does it know which databases to pull the tables from?
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You have several components in SSIS.
Basically you have SOURCES, TRANSFORMATIONS and DESTINATIONS.
You should take a look to some articles about SSIS. It's easy, intuitive, flexible and optimized.
Lookup is a component to make lookups in datasets... is a transformation type...
Check also WROX books...
I can try to search for a book here and send to your email.
Regards!
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