Excel LinkServer not working in SQL Server

I have created Excel linked server in SQL Server;

EXEC sp_addlinkedserver
   @server = 'ExcelServer',
   @srvproduct = 'ACE 12.0',
   @provider = 'Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0',
   @datasrc = 'C:\TempFolder\Sample1LinkedServer.xlsx',
   @provstr = 'Excel 12.0; HDR=Yes';

When i try to test this linked server, i get this error;

What permissions? SQL Server is running under NT service account by default. To fix this issue, i did this;

Go To Server Objects -> Linked Servers -> Providers.

Open Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0 by right click and properties. Check “Allow inprocess”.

Do the same for Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.14.0.

The pain will go away.

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Author: Shahzad Khan

Software developer / Architect