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I have this query I want to run against my local server and another server.  I have done all the sp_addlogin crap.  Normally it is easy, I just do servername.databasename.owner.table, but with this particular update, I have a problem

update [dataserver].xyz_rbg.dbo.masterorg  set dst_identifier = null
where dst_identifier is not null and
not exists (select * from distrib where distrib.dst_identifier = dataserver.xyz_rbg.dbo.masterorg.dst_identifier)

but I get the error "The number name 'dataserver.xyz_rbg.dbo.masterorg' contains more than the maximum number of prefixes. The maximum is 3."  I cannot alias the table in an UPDATE as I would in a SELECT.

I've run into this before, and I usually just hack a way (do it from the other end, rename the column so I don't need to prefix it, copy data around, etc.), but I'm getting sick of it.  Am I doing something wrong?  
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update x set dst_identifier = null
from [dataserver].xyz_rbg.dbo.masterorg  x
where dst_identifier is not null and
not exists (select * from distrib where distrib.dst_identifier = x.dst_identifier)
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Once again you save my butt.
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