Link SQL Server directly to external ODBC datasource
Posted on 2014-07-10
I am working to develop a procedure to pull data from an external ODBC datasource into a SQL Server 2008 R2 database. I'm currently doing this via Access, since I started using Access with the external ODBC source and now have the need to move the data to SQL Server instead of Access.
However, my experience with SQL Server is somewhat limited, and I don't know how to link this external datasource directly to SQL Server so that I can bypass Access entirely for this process.
My eventual goal is to run a query that appends new data from the ODBC data source about once every hour. I assume that this would be done with SSIS, and will probably be posting a question about that soon as well.
The machine SQL Server is running on contains the driver for the datasource and the connection string I'm currently using to connect Access to the ODBC source Looks like: