we have successfully created all pre-requisite of creating external tables using SQL Server 2017 Standard Edition CU22 Polybase.

The issue we have is the non-sysadmin login can't query those external tables .It shows below error.

Msg 7416, Level 16, State 2, Line 29 Access to the remote server is denied because no login-mapping exists.

The sysadmin login can query external tables without any issue. Is there anybody saw this issue and can help to resolve it.

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I don't know if this is directly related to your issue but the known limitations on PolyBase state that:

In order to use PolyBase, you must have sysadmin or CONTROL SERVER level permissions on the database

As such you might try to:


However know that CONTROL SERVER gives you many rights on the instance such as the right to initiate a shut down.

  • Yes,I gave control server permission and it shows the same error.Looks like it need only sysadmin.
    – Praful
    Dec 8, 2020 at 14:25

These non-sysadmin logins include windows or sql login? How about granting read access to that schema (CREATE EXTERNAL TABLE [schema].[TestTable]) to your login.

  • granted db_datareader to the user then also granted DBO but in both case it gave same error.Additionally granted create table,alter any schema,alter any external data source,alter any external file format.
    – Praful
    Dec 8, 2020 at 14:26

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