I take it you have already created an excel driver ODBC connection, which you should be able to select in QV script using the Connect... button. This will generate something like ...
ODBC CONNECT32 TO [Excel Files;DBQ=U:\QV\Sandpit\ProtectedFile.xls];
... where "Excel Files" is the name of the DSN and the filepath (DBQ) is the source file. If the file isn't already open the ODBC wizard will fail, so open the Excel file first. After that use the Select wizard to generate the SQL code directly below the ODBC code, something like ...
SQL SELECT *
I have managed to find a work around for this one. If you create an ODBC connection to the spreadsheet and use that for the connection string then it should still correct - even with the protection. On clicking the Select button to load the data you need to tick the 'System Tables' check box in order to be able to see the protected sheets.
Once you have done this you should be able to select data from your protected Excel document.
Unfortunately this means you don't get all the wizards you generally get when importing Excel data and you need to have the Excel ODBC drivers on the machine you are doing the load.
Hope this helps,
The following functions seem to work ...
set objExcel = CreateObject("Excel.application")
set objWB = objExcel.Workbooks.Open(filepath & fext,,,,pwd1,pwd2)
'.Open(FileName, UpdateLinks, ReadOnly, Format, Password, WriteResPassword,
' IgnoreReadOnlyRecommended, Origin, Delimiter, Editable, Notify, Converter, AddToMRU)
on error resume next
set xl = getobject(,"Excel.Application")
xl.activeworkbook.saved = true
set xl = nothing
... and call in script with the following ...
let x = OpenExcel(filepath,fext,pwd1,pwd2);
ODBC CONNECT32 TO $(cmdODBC);
let x = CloseExcel();
NOTE: The CloseExcel() function will close all instances of Excel open on the machine.