Thursday, August 5, 2010

Use xp_cmdshell and BCP to Export SQL Server data to CSV

This article describes how to use xp_cmdshell and BCP to export data to CSV.  One problem I ran into was the error “Unable to open BCP host data-file”.  This turned out to be a file permission issue.  I had to give NETWORK SERVICE (the local account that runs my SQL Server service) Full Access rights to the queryout directory.  I also had to use the –S flag to specify which SQL Instance (my server has two) to connect to:

 

EXEC xp_cmdshell 'bcp "SELECT * FROM <my database>.dbo.account" queryout "D:\queryout\bcptest.txt" -T -S "<my server>\<my instance>" -c -t,'

 

 

2 comments:

Ma. Angelica Bailon said...

WHY ISN'T THERE ANY OUTPUT FILE?

ChrisS said...

There should be...the file path you set in queryout. Did you change the other parameters for your environment (e.g. server and instance)?