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MS SQL Linked Server via VPN Connection

Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I have a good working VPN connection; know the sa password and have another account on the remote SQL Server.  I am trying to set up the Linked Server to connect to the remote db within my local SQL Management Studio envirnoment.  I have a Linked Server...how can I see the remote databases?

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If you've linked your database to the remote database, you would query it as below (assumes your link name is "myLink"):

select * from mylink..myTable;

And those are two periods after the dblink name.  You'd still separate tables and columns with one period.


Thanks but I didn't link my db to the remote db...just set up the linked server. Is there a way to actually see the remote db and all items, tables, sp, functions, etc?

Hi Glen,

Is your end goal to be able to just see and manipulate the objects in the remote database, or have your local database interact with the objects in the remote database?



Thx for the tip...I figured out a way to do this by right clicking the local server and then select connect, IP, credentials.


My end goal was to see and manipulate the objects in the remote db.  Just ran into another issue though...I'm running 2005 E locally & the remote is 2008 S.  I can't connect with 2005 to 2008 so I'm going to install a local version of 2008 as well.


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Thanks...really an Oracle guy but working in MS SQL.   I'm downloading a 2008 version now.
No sweat, I'm an oracle guy, too ;)  Linked Tables in MSSQL are just the same as DBLinks in Oracle.

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