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Connection could not be validated when using Excel data source


Using an Excel data source, and receiving an error that says “Connection could not be validated”.  When clicking on Details, the message says “ERROR [IM002][Microsoft][ODBC Driver Manager] Data source name not found and no default driver specified”


This is caused by not having 32 Bit Excel/Office ODBC Drivers installed on this machine.

The resolution is to install the 32 bit Office 2010 drivers you can download from here Microsoft Excel 2010 Drivers

When you click on the “Download” button it will ask you what version.  Make sure you download the top one that is named “AccessDatabaseEngine.exe” and NOT the one that says “AccessDatabaseEngine_X64.exe”.  The top one is the 32 bit driver, the bottom one is the 64 bit driver. 

Then when you setup your data source, Pick Excel 2010  as the data type.
 

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