How to allow remote MSSQL user to bulk insert my local txt file?


  • QA Engineer

    I have a txt file on my local PC. I run localy Java app which connects to remote MSSQL. Now I need to bulk insert from that text file into my database table.

    However, SQL login can't read my file. I get:

    Caused by: com.microsoft.sqlserver.jdbc.SQLServerException: Cannot bulk load because the file "D:/My_Files/my_file.txt" could not be opened. Operating system error code 21(The device is not ready.)

    I set permissions on My_Files folder for 'Everyone'. I can't create a Windows user with the same name like SQL login because it is too long for Windows user. Is there a solution?



  • As mustaccio pointed out, a local path is not going to be accessible from the SQL Server, which is the error you're receiving regarding "D:/My_Files/my_file.txt. It's looking for a file on the 😧 drive on the server that your SQL instance is installed on (not your local computer's 😧 drive).

    You may be able to create a network share to that folder and reference it by UNC path in the SQL Server instance though. How to do that is more so in the scope of a https://serverfault.com/ question.

    Alternatively you can add code in your Java program to read the local file and then do a BULK INSERT command from the app to your database.




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