BULK INSERT with Excel from a VARBINARY(MAX) field

BULK INSERT Communication.Message

FROM OPENROWSET('Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0',

'Excel 8.0;Database=C:\temp\Messages201101.XLS', [messages$])

How do I take the above and instead read Message.XLS from a Varbinary(max) field named FileBytes in a table named Attachments.FileContents? I already know how to stage it in the table by various methods-- I just do not know method to use a BULK INSERT from a VarBinary(max) field.


The Jet driver can't open a VARBINARY that contains the bytes of your file. Looking at this MSDN page, the documentation doesn't talk about opening/mounting anything except files. You would have to take the bytes out of FileBytes, write them to a file and then use that file in your OPENROWSET statement.

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