I have 2 devices, a server computer installed with SQL Server 2012, and a raspberry pi with MySQL installed. I have data in MySQL tables. How can I connect SQL Server 2012 to MySQL so I can save that data?

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    Linked Server via ODBC connection? sqlshack.com/…
    – SQLDevDBA
    Mar 12, 2018 at 17:18
  • i have to install the ODBC software in both devices? raspberry device its a Linux OS. Mar 12, 2018 at 17:20
  • Shouldn't have to install on the Pi as long as there is a port open on it. Research to see what the standard port is for MySql. Looks like it's 3306? dev.mysql.com/doc/workbench/en/… So the provider might just be IPAddress:3306\SID
    – SQLDevDBA
    Mar 12, 2018 at 17:52
  • the only way to do it, its using ODBC? or there are differents ways ? Mar 12, 2018 at 18:18
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    Thanks so much, i did the connection using ODBC... works really good! Mar 13, 2018 at 15:27

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One easy way to do this is with HeidiSQL, which can connect to SQL Server and MySQL and is free and open source (https://www.heidisql.com/). Once you set up both connections, you can use the Export Database As SQL feature to transfer data directly between databases.

  • In the Session Manager, set up the connection to the MySQL and SQL Server computers
  • Connect to the MySQL server, right-click on the server in the browser on the left, and select "Export Database As SQL".
  • in the table list, select the table(s) you would like to export
  • in the Output: on the right, you will see a list of all servers you have configured in the Session Manager. Select the SQL Server 2012 instance.
  • You will probably want to keep the database the same so leave it as [Same as on source server]
  • You likely will want to check the create boxes for both database and tables if this is the 1st time you are transferring data
  • If you want to transfer the data and not just the table structure, in the Data: dropdown select the option that is best for you. I usually use Delete + insert (truncate existing data), but your needs may be different.
  • Click Export in the bottom right

That should do it.


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