I want to connect to an MS Access 2003 DB from SQL Management Studio 2005 so I can run queries on the Access DB from SQL Management Studio.


There are two ways to do this:

  1. Add the MDB as a linked server


  2. Enable Ad Hoc Queries in SQL Server and use OpenDataSource



  • The link for adding the MDB as linked server is broken. I found this one as I'm trying the same with SSMS 2017 – Stoppal Jul 19 '18 at 5:53

You can also import the data into an existing database, via Tasks > Import Data. You can then select into which tables (new if desired) and how to map the columns

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