I am looking for a way to export data from our PRODUCTION SQL Server 2000 so I can import it into a MySQL server I setup for testing.

I tried having the server generate an SQL script from the enterprise manager, but it is not understood by MySQL. Upon looking to the script with Notepad++ I noticed that it is setup for being loaded into another MSSQL server.

Any ideas on how to make a generic SQL dump that MySQL can understand.

Also I need the data to left on the other server untouched I just need a copy of it.

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There is not simplified portability between these database platforms; With an understanding of the link and a combination of tools it can be done;


Make sure to always keep an up to date backup of your database before trying anything. good luck, let me know if you have any questions.

  • If use MS DTS export that data from the server will it leave the original intact? Dec 2, 2010 at 21:41

You could try with a tool like OpenDBCopy that is an opensource database migration tool :


With opendbcopy you can migrate from and to several database type, all that have an avalaible JDBC driver.

I've used this tool often in migration and it's a good database migration tool.

Is written in java and work both linux and windows OS.

There's also many commercial alternatives to openDbCopy(that are simplier) like :

  • It did not work for me, I had java problems and then after java started working it complained about not being able to see the server. Dec 3, 2010 at 1:46
  • you need to download the appropriate JDBC Driver and put it into lib dir, for Microsoft SQL you can Download JTDS driver : jtds.sourceforge.net , for mysql you can download : dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/j/3.1.html
    – aleroot
    Dec 3, 2010 at 7:07
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    openDBCopy doesn't seem to have been updated since '04. It makes me wonder how reliable it is since it doesn't appear to be maintained any further.
    – MacAnthony
    Jan 31, 2011 at 16:19
  • I had the same problem and decided to try openDBcopy. And, what do you know, it works with some minor config changes. I put it on github at github.com/squarepegsys/openDBcopy/releases/tag/0.51
    – MikeHoss
    Jun 3, 2015 at 23:29

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