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Import using Excel in SSMS fails with “EXCEL” connection manager not recoginized.

Error:

The connection type "EXCEL" specified for connection manager … is not recognized as a valid connection manager type. This error is returned when an attempt is made to create a connection manager for an unknown connection type. Check the spelling in the connection type name.

 

I found one suggestion of reinstalling MDAC (right clicking %windir%infmdac.inf->Install). Needed XP CD handy.

Still, the problem persisted. Another suggestion was to allow users or network service access to Lexmark driver registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesCLSID{0cd637c0-0892-11d4-892f-00008364d903} – That fixed it for me.  Just one more reason to not buy Lexmark ever again.

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