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This week, Microsoft announced the Incremental Service Model for automatic notification of SQL Server hotfix Cumulative Updates. But surprisingly, this new service seems shrouded in mystery, and the announcement raises more questions than it answers.
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Q&A: Executing Queries on Remote Servers
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Q. I have two servers, and I want to call a stored procedure with the server name as the parameter and have the stored procedure's T-SQL query run against the appropriate server, as in the following code:
CREATE PROCEDURE (@prmServer varchar(500)) AS SELECT * FROM ##.pubs.dbo.Titles GO
How do I execute the procedure's T-SQL query on the correct server by using the server parameter (the ## part of the object name) and without converting the T-SQL code to a string or using an EXECUTE statement? Does SQL Server provide an object for server name, such as ObjectReference in the statement
SELECT * FROM ObjectReference(@prmServer) .pubs.dbo.Titles
that I can use in place of the server's name? Or can I map @prmServer to an alias such as TempServer, as in
SELECT * FROM TempServer.pubs.dbo.Titles
then run my T-SQL code?
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