Import Excel Spreadsheet and include documents to a Sharepoint 2010 list


My organization is using SharePoint 2010 Enterprise, and I would like to create a SharePoint list versus a document library.  My audience is management, so I do not need anything fancy.  

I have an excel spreadsheet that I want to import into SharePoint, but one of the columns is a reference to a document.    I would like to have the document attached to the "list item" when I import the spreadsheet into SharePoint.   What would be my best course of action?  I would prefer an automated process versus having to attach all of the documents individually.

DebbieHamataniAssociate Information Technology AnalystAsked:
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Rainer JeschorCommented:
afaik there is no ootb solution for this.
Do you have a unique business key in the Excel sheet?
Is the sheet updated on a regular base hence you will need an automated "sync" process?
Where are the referenced documents located?
Can you have multiple documents referenced in the same row/cell?
Are the referenced documents unique or are there multiple references to the same document (duplication)?
What should happen if a document is updated?

In general I would recommend to build a custom Powershell script. This should offer all necessary possibilities, can be schedulded, can be tested ...

DebbieHamataniAssociate Information Technology AnalystAuthor Commented:
Hi Rainer --

There  is no key in the excel spreadsheet now.
The sheet is updated on a regular basis, so a syncing process should be in place.
I think the documents will be uploaded to SharePoint.  If not, they will be linked to a shared file server.
You cannot have multiple documents for one row of data.  Each row is associated with one document and each document is only reference once.
I am hoping that the referenced documents will be stored in SharePoint and version control not necessary.  If my managers want version control on the documents, then I will need to create a document library.   Can a list synced with an excel spreadsheet, have the referenced documents contained in a document library?

Thanks for your help
DebbieHamataniAssociate Information Technology AnalystAuthor Commented:
With limited permissions, the only solution was to create a hyperlink column and import the spreadsheet with that column.  Unfortunately, there is tight security on the site that limits my ability to use development tools.

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DebbieHamataniAssociate Information Technology AnalystAuthor Commented:
I tested my own solution that was not given by the only comment to my question.  But I would like others to see my process.
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