Linked Server in SQL 2008 on Windows Server 2008

Posted on 2012-03-26
Last Modified: 2012-06-27

I have Local MS SQL Server which I need to link to a remote MySql Server.
I have a Linked server set up on my local PC linking the Local SQL to the remote MySql server.

We have installed a Windows Server running the SQL Server and now I can not get the Linked Server to connect.

The Error I get is "Cannot initialize the data source object of OLE DB provider "MSDASQL" for linked server "TESTWEB".
OLE DB provider "MSDASQL" for linked server "TESTWEB" returned message "[Microsoft][ODBC Driver Manager] Data source name not found and no default driver specified". (Microsoft SQL Server, Error: 7303)"

When I test the System DSN under Data Sources it tests fine.

I have set up these linked servers EXACTLY the same but the one on the local PC will connect and the one on the Windows Server refuses to.

Any Ideas??
Question by:p-plater
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You need TO change the PROPERTY OF the provider i.e. MSDASQL
Expand Providers -> Right Click MSDASQL -> Select Properties
Enable Nested queries
Enable Level zero only
Enable Allow inprocess
Enable Supports 'Like' operator

In SQL Server Surface Area Configuration:
Enable Local and Remote connections via TCP/IP and named pipes.Enable OPENROWSET and OPENDATASOURCE support.
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by:David Todd
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Hi TempDBA,

How and where do you enable openrowset and opendatasource support?

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From Surface Area Configuration Manager:
-> Click Surface Area Configuration For Features
-> Check in the checkbox that asks for enabling openrowset and opendatasource support.

From T-sql:
sp_configure “show advanced options”,1

reconfigure with override

sp_configure “Ad Hoc Distributed Queries”,1

reconfigure with override
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by:David Todd
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Hi TempDBA,

Thanks for that.

But this unless I'm mistaken is a SQL 2008 question, and SQL 2008 doesn't have a Surface Area Configuration Manager.

Instead in SSMS, in Object Explor, right click on server and select Facets.

In Facet drop-down box, select Surface Area Configuration.

In Facet properties set AdHocRemoveQueriesEnaboled to true.

Is this right?


Author Comment

ID: 37895039
Look at tonight
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Expert Comment

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        Thanks, I forgot about the removal of surface area configuration in 2008. Thanks again for correcting me.

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