Referencing data from another server in a Cursor

Hi all

I have a stored procedure which sets a cursor for data on a remote server.  this is how I set the Cursor

declare data scroll cursor
   for select ltrim(rtrim(emplid)) as emplid, convert(int,emplid) as empid, ltrim(rtrim(company)) as company, ltrim(rtrim(Last_name)) as Last_name, ltrim(rtrim(preferred_name)) as Preferred_name, ltrim(rtrim(name)) as [name], ltrim(rtrim(log_unit_cd)) as log_unit_cd, ltrim(rtrim(log_division_cd)) as log_division_cd, ltrim(rtrim(employee_status)) as employee_status, ltrim(rtrim(location)) as location from GPS5A.warehouse.dbo.Pims_interface where ltrim(rtrim(company)) = 'LUK' or ltrim(rtrim(company)) = 'LGC' or ltrim(rtrim(company)) = 'LUH' order by emplid

When I run the code I get the following error.....

Server: Msg 16953, Level 16, State 1, Procedure sp_update_staff_table_live, Line 54
Updatable keyset cursors on remote tables require a transaction with the REPEATABLE_READ or SERIALIZABLE isolation level.

How can I resolve this?

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nigelrivettConnect With a Mentor Commented:
The insensitive cursor is a snapshot so should get all the data onto the local server like the temp table (but more restrictive in processing terms as I pointed out). It's worth checking - if it doesn't then it's probably not a good idea to use it (but then it's never a good idea to us a cursor on a relational database).
Do you need to hold the cursor open on the remote table?
It have a lot less impact on the system and be safer if you could select the data into a temp table on the local server and work on that.
demmickAuthor Commented:
No I don't need to keep it open on a remote table but if I create the temp table would it not slow down the sp?
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Not a lot I doubt - it has to transfer the data from the remote server and you are using a cursor - anything else slowing things down is unlikely to be noticed above these.

Main advantage of the temp table over the cursor is that you are not forced to perform everything on a single row at a time.
demmickAuthor Commented:
I have just chnaged the cursor type to INSENSITIVE and so far it seems to run.  If its successful then I will let u know
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