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I am using a linked server in SQL Server to query an Excel database.  I receive the following error message that I cannot figure out.

The OLE DB provider "Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0" for linked server "LINKEDSERVER1" reported an error. Authentication failed.
Cannot initialize the data source object of OLE DB provider "Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0" for linked server "LINKEDSERVER1".
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Take a look here.  Possibly one of these suggestions will work for you.

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None of these seemed to work.  Would it make a difference that we jsut upgraded our servers to a 64 bit operating system?
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There were so many suggestions in that link that I didn't restate them here.
 Which attempts did you try?
Are you just doing SQL queries against the linked Excel file or don't you even get it linked?

Yes, it would make a difference with 64 bit depending on how you're querying the linked server.

Did you read the blog from my original link:  It talks about 64-bit issues at the bottom.  
Do you have the latest Ace12 drivers?  
Did you make sure no one was in the document?
Did you try to link to a different Excel file?  
Did you remember to restart your service after making any changes?

Maybe these would be helpful:
64-bit Considerations for Integration Services

64 bit version of excel drivers can be download from here.


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