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Why Can't I import data?

I am trying to import data from an Excel file into a SQL table, using the Data Import wizard, but I keep getting this error when it tries to execute the import:

- Validating (Error)
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Error 0xc00470fe: Data Flow Task: The product level is insufficient for component "Source - Sheet1$" (1).
 (SQL Server Import and Export Wizard)
 
Error 0xc00470fe: Data Flow Task: The product level is insufficient for component "Data Conversion 1" (90).
 (SQL Server Import and Export Wizard)
 
What does it mean, and what do I need to do to resolve it?
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Lee SavidgeCommented:
First things first, this looks like a product compatibility issue. Which version on Excel and which version of SQL Server do you have? Is SQL patched to the latest patch? Are the MDAC components upto date?

Lee
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QPRCommented:
Are you importing data into a sql 2000 (80) database that is hosted on a 2005/2008 SQL server?
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y2jkAuthor Commented:
lsavidge; SQL 2005 and Excel 2003. I'll have to check with the tech boys to see about patches, MDAC etc etc.

QPR - good point, this is an older database (so most likely a 2000 version) on a newer box. Is that the possible reason for the error, and if so, what can I do about it?
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QPRCommented:
right click the db and check the properties - see if it is in 80 compatability mode.
SQL 2005 features are not enabled for DBs hosted in this mode
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y2jkAuthor Commented:
OK tried that, but not sure where I should be looking or what I'm looking for. I couldn't see "80" on any of the screens anyway.
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QPRCommented:
right click on db - properties - options: compatability level
Will either say
sql server 2000 (80)
sql server 2005 (90)
sql server 2008 (100)
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y2jkAuthor Commented:
Ah, yes, found it! It says sql server 2005 (90).
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wittysloganCommented:
you could save the data as a csv file and then import it.  
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QPRCommented:
There goes that theory :)

Is service pack 1 installed?
Judging by this thread (and the one it refers to)... you are not alone in this
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Microsoft/Development/MS-SQL-Server/SQL-Server-2005/Q_22705097.html

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y2jkAuthor Commented:
I'll have to speak to the tech boys to see what is / isn't installed, and get my pc updated accordingly.

In the meantime, wittyslogan suggested converting to csv and then importing. I'll have a go at that and see what happens.

One other thing, when I try to script this (for the sys admins to apply it to the live database, as I'm only allowed access to the development box) the table in question contains just about every character on the keyboard. Scripting always puts all the data fields in single quotes, but with single quotes within the text as well, won't that screw up the data import? How else can I separate the data fields? If this is something I should raise as a separate question for separate points, then fair enough, just say so and I'll start a new question.
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y2jkAuthor Commented:
Trying to use a csv gives me the same results. It errors in the "Validating" step of execution:

Error 0xc00470fe: Data Flow Task: The product level is insufficient for component "Source - avamar2_csv" (1).
 (SQL Server Import and Export Wizard)

I also got about 20 occurences of this warning message as well:

Warning 0x80047076: Data Flow Task: The output column "Column 2" (16) on output "Flat File Source Output" (2) and component "Source - avamar2_csv" (1) is not subsequently used in the Data Flow task. Removing this unused output column can increase Data Flow task performance.
 (SQL Server Import and Export Wizard)

What does that mean?
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Lee SavidgeCommented:
I would import from an xls file, not a csv.

Lee
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wittysloganCommented:
do you have ssis installed.  I'm only asking because isn't the import export wizard part of ssis.

It might be called business intelligence.
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wittysloganCommented:
sorry the product might be called business intelligence on the components bit.
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y2jkAuthor Commented:
Turns out that I have all the client side tools I need, but I don't have the server side tools. That's why I can't upload data.
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QPRCommented:
server side tools? You mean the database engine? If so, how were you able to tell us the compatibility mode that the Db was hosted at?
Can you elaborate on server side tools?
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y2jkAuthor Commented:
Er, not really! That's all the tech guy told me. His explanation was:- when he signs on to the SQL server he creates an instance of it on his pc, but when I sign on I am just connecting to the server. I have admin rights over my databases but that's all.

I'm still none the wiser, but does that explain it to you?
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QPRCommented:
not really, makes absolutely no sense :)
But if he can't/won't explain then you won't be able to. Just helps when the explanation is posted so future people can maybe find answers to similar questions.
Thanks for coming back and explaining though
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Lee SavidgeCommented:
I think you need a new "tech guy"

Lee
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wittysloganCommented:
Personally I would check if importing your data is part of your job.  If it is then go to the "tech Guy" and askhim to give you the permissions you need to do that.  Or a written and signed explanation of why he won't.  

I'm with isavidge.  The solution is "get a new tech guy"
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