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cgi-bin file - can SQL import or link to remote file

Posted on 2011-03-14
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I want my local sql 2000 server to connect over the internet to our ISP where I host a website. We need it to link to/import a flat file in the sites cgi-bin into my SQL server. Is this possible and how do we do it?
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Question by:ron69
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Ryan McCauley earned 500 total points
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If you have access to a SQL 2005 (or later) server, you can do this using SSIS, which has a built-in FTP task that would make getting a file from a remote FTP site pretty straightforward.

If you only have SQL 2000 (upgrade - it's unsupported!), then you can use a modified version of this walkthrough:

http://www.sqlteam.com/article/using-dts-and-ftp-to-push-files

In that example, he pushes the completed file to FTP, but you could easily modify the script to get the file instead of put it on the site - just change the "MPUT" command in the FTP script to "MGET" and it will fetch the file from the remote site and save it locally. Once that's done, you can connect to it in your package just like you'd connect to any other local flat file and import the data that way.
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Assuming you have all the required vpn settings in place, so that the share on the website is exposed as a UNC path, you should simply be able to use something like the following:

BULK INSERT <Table_Name>
FROM '<unc path>'
WITH ( FIELDTERMINATOR = ',', ROWTERMINATOR = '\n' )

There is also the OPENROWSET statement:

http://www.databasejournal.com/features/mssql/article.php/10894_3331881_3/OpenRowSource-and-OpenRowSet-in-SQL-Server-2000.htm

Regards,

Lozzamoore
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