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SQL Server 2000 Stored Procedure - Operating system error code 5(Access is denied.).

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Hi - I'm receiving an error in a SQL Server 2000 Stored Procedure using Bulk Insert.  

Here's the error:

"Could not bulk insert because file '\\server\<path>\file.txt' could not be opened. Operating system error code 5(Access is denied.)."

This has worked for several years, and it appears that there were some recent changes made that is causing this error.  If I log into the database server, I can get to the file path in question, so even though the message says "Access is denied" I'm not convinced that is the issue.

Has anyone seen this before?

Thanks.
Rob


BULK INSERT ProcedureName 
FROM '\\server\<path>\file.txt'
WITH (
   FIRSTROW = 2,
   DATAFILETYPE = 'char',
   FIELDTERMINATOR = '\t',
   ROWTERMINATOR = '\n',
   MAXERRORS = 1
 
)

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Are you sure your procedure has access to that folder/file?
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mohan - could you give me some more info to check what you're suggesting?  steps, things to check?
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If the txt file is in a shared folder on a different server, check if 'read' permission is granted to your user id

for more info - http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/transactsql/thread/137d2f16-bed3-4b98-a16f-f6db1a961c46
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Or to be more precise since you are using BULK INSERT that the SQL Server service startup account has access to those files and is not a Local System account.
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and, how would I check that the SQL Server Service startup account has access?
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You either check it yourself or ask your DBA.
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After re-reading my last response, it was unclear.  
I'm asking "how" I would check it myself.  Specific steps would be great, as I'm not familiar with how to do this.  
Thanks.
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Look for the SQL Server (MSSQLSERVER) service and see what account is being used?  For example is it a Local System account, is it a domain account?
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That did it - the account that was listed under the MSSQLSERVER service did not have permissions to get to the necessary network path.  Thanks for your help.  Rob
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