Update SAS Data Sets Data with a Microsoft Access Linked Table

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SAS Data Sets ODBC Driver

The SAS Data Sets ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live data from SAS Data Sets, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access SAS Data Sets data like you would a database - read, write, and update through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



Update SAS Data Sets data by creating a linked table in Microsoft Access with the CData SAS Data Sets ODBC Driver.

CData ODBC drivers connect your data to any database management tool that supports Open Database Connectivity (ODBC). This includes many of the most popular productivity tools, adding new capabilities for document sharing and collaboration. Using the CData ODBC driver for SAS Data Sets, you can update live SAS Data Sets data in Microsoft Access; for example, you can make updates that can be immediately seen by other users.

Connect to SAS Data Sets as an ODBC Data Source

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs.

Set the following connection properties to connect to your SAS DataSets files:

  • URI: Set this to the folder containing your .sas7bdat resources. Currently we only support local files.

Create a Linked Table to restaurants Data

Follow the steps below to create a linked table, which enables you to access live restaurants data.

  1. On the External Data tab in Access, click ODBC Database.
  2. Select the option to link to the data source. A linked table will enable you to read from and write data to the restaurants table.
  3. Select the CData SAS Data Sets data source from the Machine Data Source tab.

  4. Select the restaurants table. For more information on this table, see the "Data Model" chapter in the help documentation.
  5. Double-click the linked table to make edits. The linked table will always have up-to-date data and any changes will be reflected back to the underlying table.