I had to help a fellow colleague with creating a “Linked Server” in SSMS (SQL Server Management Studio) for a MySQL DB.

I figured, I might as well slap it on here:

Creating a Linked Server in SSMS for a MySQL database


Step 1

Download the MySQL ODBC driver from mysql.com

Step 2

Install MySQL ODBC driver on Server where SQL Server resides

  • Double Click Windows Installer file and follow directions.

Step 3

Create a DSN using the MySQL ODBC driver:
Start-> Settings -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Data Sources (ODBC)

  • Click on the System DSN tab
  • Click Add
  • Select the MySQL ODBC Driver
  • Click Finish
  • On the Login Tab:
  • Type a descriptive name for your DSN.
  • Type the server name or IP Address into the Server text box.
  • Type the username needed to connect to the MySQL database into the user text box.
  • Type the password needed to connect to the MySQL database into the password text box.
  • Select the database you’d like to start in.
  • On the Advance Tab:
  • Under Flags 1:
  • Check Don’t Optimize column width.
  • Check Return Matching Rows
  • Check Allow Big Results
  • Check Use Compressed protocol
  • Check BIGINT columns to INT
  • Check Safe
  • Under Flags 2:
  • Check Don’t Prompt Upon Connect
  • Check Ignore # in Table Name
  • Under Flags 3:
  • Check Return Table Names for SQLDescribeCol
  • Check Disable Transactions

Now Test your DSN by Clicking the Test button

Step 4

  • Create a Linked Server in SSMS for the MySQL database
  • SSMS (SQL Server Management Studio -> Expand Server Objects
  • Right Click Linked Servers -> Select New Linked Server
  • On the General Page:
  • Linked Server: Type the Name for your Linked Server
  • Server Type: Select Other Data Source
  • Provider: Select Microsoft OLE DB Provider for ODBC Drivers
  • Product name: Type MySQLDatabase
  • Data Source: Type the name of the DSN you created
  • On The Security Page
  • Map a login to the Remote User and provide the Remote Users Password
  • Click Add under Local server login to remote server login mappings:
  • Select a Local Login From the drop down box
  • Type the name of the Remote User
  • Type the password for the Remote User

Step 5


  • Change the Properties of the Provider MSDASQL
  • Expand Providers -> Right Click MSDASQL -> Select Properties
  • Enable Nested queries
  • Enable Level zero only (this one’s the kicker)
  • Enable Allow inprocess
  • Enable Supports ‘Like’ operator

Step 6

  • Change settings in SQL Server Surface Area Configuration for Features

Step 7

  • Change settings in SQL Server Surface Area Configuration for Services and Connections
  • Enable Local and Remote connections via TCP/IP and named pipes

Step 8

  • Stop SQL Server and SQL Server Agent

Step 9

  • Start SQL Server and SQL Server Agent
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