Getting Started with Polybase—Incorrect Syntax near ‘EXTERNAL’ Error

Published On: 2016-02-12By:

I was playing around with configuring Polybase this morning. Nothing to exotic, just installing the feature getting started. I got everything installed and was about ready to created my data source. The command to that is as follows:

CREATE EXTERNAL DATA SOURCE AzureStorage
WITH (           
TYPE = Hadoop,        
LOCATION = ‘wasb://polybase@mystorageaccountnamehere.blob.core.windows.net’,
CREDENTIAL = AzureStorageCredential);

Unfortunately, it returned the following error:

Msg 102, Level 15, State 1, Line 1

Incorrect syntax near ‘EXTERNAL’.

So what was the fix? A reboot after installing Polybase. The official documentation refers to restarting SQL Server, which I did. Nothing warned me to reboot, but rebooting fixed the error.


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