Linked server can not read mapped drive for ODBC

Linked server can not read mapped drive for ODBC

Post by Kent Che » Thu, 07 Sep 2000 01:40:21

Hi, I try use linked servers to link my SQL and dBase file,  I use ODBC to
connect with my local drive (C:) dbase file, works fine.
But when I set ODBC to a mapped network drive, ODBC setup seems OK, but when
I run linked server, I can not query, error show can not find "Path",
anybody try this before?
thanks, if you can email me will be great, thanks  in advace! email:

kent chen


Linked server can not read mapped drive for ODBC

Post by Bob Pfeif » Thu, 07 Sep 2000 01:43:21

Does the account your SQL Server service uses have permissions on the
network drive where the dBase file is?


Linked server can not read mapped drive for ODBC

Post by Neil Pik » Thu, 07 Sep 2000 07:18:32

Kent - as per Bob's reply - and you must also use a UNC rather than a drive

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1. Linked Server to MS Access Database Using Mapped Drive


As you may or may not have seen from my recent postings in this group, I
have been working on creating a linked server connection to an access
databas on the same server as the sql server installation, which I have done
successfully.  however, when I try to change the location of the databse to
a mapped drive to another server, I get this error:

Server: Msg 7399, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
OLE DB provider 'Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0' reported an error.
[OLE/DB provider returned message: 'z:\test\mydb.mdb' is not a valid path.
Make sure that the path name is spelled correctly and that you are connected
to the server on which the file resides.]

I get a similar error if I try to use the UNC pathname for the connection

Any ideas on this?  I think it has something to do with what user SQL server
is running as, and security permissions to that mapped drive are not
sufficient to connect to it as the user that SQL Server is running as.  Any
ideas on this?

- Mark

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