Problems creating a lInked server

Posted on 2011-10-06
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I am having trouble creating a linked server from a win 2003 32bit SQL 2000 to a Win 2008 64 Bit SQL 2008 server.  I am able to create the linked server via the wizard with no errors, but when I try to test the connection I get the attached error. error message
Question by:red_75116
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    It looks like it's failing authentication.  Open the properties of the linked server.  Under the security tab, select "Be made using the login's security context" if you are using Windows authentication.  If you are using SQL authentication or your Windows account doesn't have access to the remote server, select "Be made using this security context" and use a SQL security username and password for the remote server.


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    This error will occur if the correct provider was not selected in the New Linked Server dialog.

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    To resolve this issue, do the following:
    1.  If you still have the error message up, select ‘No’ to prevent the creation of the linked server.  This will take you back to the New Linked Server dialog and will give you the opportunity to select the correct provider from the Provider drop down list.  The correct provider is the Microsoft OLE DB for ODBC Drivers.

    2. If you have already closed the error message, you will need to delete the linked server and recreate it.  To delete the linked server, right-click on the linked server and click on ‘Delete’.  When recreating the linked server, be sure to choose the Microsoft OLE DB for ODBC Drivers provider from the Provider drop down list.

    If the provided Resolution/Workaround does not resolve your issues, please contact BizNet Software Support for further assistance.


    1)Ping that server to make sure basic level configuration is set up right like allow Remote connections, TCP/IP etc.

    Open Linked server properties and check for these things
    2) on Security Tab correct security option is checked
    3) On Server Options Tab make sure Data Access, RPC, RPC Out is true
    4) Select providers under Linked server and make sure "ALLOW IN Process" is enabled and your linked server can be seen at the bottom of the provider options window


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    Just to confirm- the correct provide for 2008 to 2000 sql is Microsoft OLE DB for ODBC Drivers...

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