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Import data from access database that uses ODBC connection



I have access database that uses ODBC connection to extract data which is stored in the SQL server. I installed power BI desktop and need to import data from this access database. How can i achieve this? I was able to connect to SQL server directly using "ODBC" as data source however I DO NOT want to connect to SQL server directly. I need to extract the same data from access database since my access database is well establised and contains 100s of queries that I use everyday. Please help.






You just need to create a DSN opening connection to Access Database with Access Driver.




Then get data from ODBC in Power BI Desktop and select that created DSN.



Hello again,

I was able to create the system DSN (the one that you indicated) however, it did not solve my issue. The access database that i need to import in power BI is itself extracting the data from SQL server via ODBC connection. The following is the error i am getting when i try to load the data from my access database in power BI desktop. Help please..Thanks in advance
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@ontario234 so are you saying you are pulling from a sql database through access to power bi?


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Yes. I don't have SQL server on my computer. I use access to extract data from SQL server database and my access in well established with number of queries that i use everyday. This is the reason i need to import access database in power BI so i could use the already built queries to create graphs and all sorts of other analysis. Thx

Below is the error i am getiing when i try to load data from access database(mentioned in the post above) in power BI


DataSource.Error: ODBC: ERROR [HY000] [Microsoft][ODBC Microsoft Access Driver] ODBC--connection to 'Sql Server' failed.

I am having a very similar problem...has this issue been solved?


Many thanks


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