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Creating a Link Server to MYSQL from MSSQL

There might be situations where you need to apply CRUD  operations (
Create,Read,Update,Delete) on data residing in a MYSQL server database from SQL server. In order to do this you will need to create a link service from SQL server to MYSQL. The Steps are outlined below:

1. Install the MYSQL ODBC driver on the server with the MSSQL server installation.
2. Enter details for the MYSQL ODBC settings.
3. Create a link service to MYSQL using SSMS ( SQL Server Management Studio)
4. You will need an user account on the mysql server which can perform CRUD operations
 along with enable remote connections to the MYSQL installation. (See Troubleshooting steps below)
4. Test the connection.

Install MYSQL ODBC Driver Download  ( and install the latest MYSQL ODBC driver from the MYSQL server site. Select the version which corresponds to your installation of MSSQL usually the 64bit version. Note This needs to be done on the server with the MSSQL installed…
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Here is the sample t-sql code for the t-sql calendar listing.
wd = DATEPART(WEEK, [date]),
Sunday = CASE WHEN [days] = 'Sunday' THEN [date] ELSE NULL END,
Monday = CASE WHEN [days] = 'Monday' THEN [date] ELSE NULL END,
Tuesday = CASE WHEN [days] = 'Tuesday' THEN [date] ELSE NULL END,
Wednesday = CASE WHEN [days] = 'Wednesday' THEN [date] ELSE NULL END,
Thursday = CASE WHEN [days] = 'Thursday' THEN [date] ELSE NULL END,
Friday = CASE WHEN [days] = 'Friday' THEN [date] ELSE NULL END,
Saturday = CASE WHEN [days] = 'Saturday' THEN [date] ELSE NULL END
FROM dbo.getFullmonth ('20080229')
MAX(Sunday) Sunday,
MAX(Monday) Monday,
MAX(Tuesday) Tuesday,
MAX(Wednesday) Wednesday,
MAX(Thursday) Thursday,

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After listing sql calendar date values in a month as rows, we need to display them now in a format similar to frequently used in printed calendars.
The day names are listed as column names and dates are shown under the related columns.
The first solution is supplied by Plamen Ratchev from using the t-sql PIVOT. Since I liked the t-sql code he coded much I want to share it with you here.
DATEPART(WEEK, [date]) AS week_number,
FROM dbo.getFullmonth('20080229')
) AS Dates
[days] IN (
) AS Pivots And the output of this sql pivot statement will return the following result set as output which is displaying sql dates in a calendar format.