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My client has recently moved a sql database from one server to the same server as another database. Now that both instances are on the same server I can no longer used a linked server. How do I structure this SQL command to access data in both databases?
select JOBNUMBER,CRDATE,CONVERT(CHAR(15),AGENCY) AS AGENCY
from [gseappserver\sql2000].[gse2000sql].[dbo].[jobs]
where jobnumber not in (
select pacontid from [gseappserver].[gse].[dbo].[pa01101]) and contractcomplete=0

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by:Anthony Perkins
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Something like this:
SELECT  JOBNUMBER,
        CRDATE,
        CONVERT(CHAR(15), AGENCY) AS AGENCY
FROM    [OtherDatabaseNameGoesHere].[dbo].[jobs]
WHERE   jobnumber NOT IN (SELECT    pacontid
                          FROM      [OtherDatabaseNameGoesHere].[dbo].[pa01101])
        AND contractcomplete = 0

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by:Anthony Perkins
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Incidentally, you may find that query performs better if you re-write it to use a LEFT JOIN instead of using NOT IN.
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by:Jim P.
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Now that both instances are on the same server I can no longer used a linked server.

There is no reason that you can't create a linked server to another instance on the same server.
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I don't  understand why the first time I attempted to create the linked server to the other instance I got the message "You cannot create a local SQL Server as a linked server" and then the second time I did the same thing it worked just fine.

From a performance standpoint, are left outer joins always preferable.?
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From a performance standpoint, are left outer joins always preferable?

It depends. If your subquery is pulling just a quick few rows
(select pacontid
from [gseappserver].[gse].[dbo].[pa01101]
where orderdate > getdate()-1)

that's fine.  But it looks you are pulling the whole table so a left join is the preferred faster method.
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