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How to transfer data from sql server without linked server

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I have setup a SQL 08 express database locally.  I want to load a table in my express database based on data in a database on a server. I have read access to the server (via windows authentication), but setting up linked server on that server is not an option.  What is the best method to use (opendatasource, openquery, openrowset, etc) in order to query the server and then insert the results into my sql express  database.   Please provide syntax for using the commands if possible.
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by:lcohan
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You can use BCP  to send data out/in from SQL.
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by:BostonMA
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BCP is not supported in sql express
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Ooops...sorry
Can you try pipe results out into a file like


exec master..xp_cmdshell N'sqlcmd -E -Q"select * from server_name.dba_name.schema_name.table_name" -h-1 -s"," -W -o"c:\output.txt"', no_output

then read that file in:

declare @filename sysname
set @filename = 'c:\date.txt'
Create table #tempfile (line varchar(8000))
exec ('bulk insert #tempfile from "' + @filename + '"')
select * from #tempfile
drop table #tempfile
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>> but setting up linked server on that server is not an option.  <<
You do not have to setup the linked server on that server, you can just create one on the SQL Server Express box.
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Both of the solutions were helpful in setting up my solution.
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