sql joining

how do you join between tables from different databases?
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that's a loaded question, in my opinion.

First, you should have a common key amongst the tables you are planning to join.

Second, you would prefix the db for each table like:

select db1.table1.field1, db1.table1.field2, db2.table2.field1, etc

from db1.table1, db2.table2
where db1.table1.key = db2.table2.key

That's basically it.

You could join more tables from other tables.

You can probably give more information including tablename, databases involved and keys, etc

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amillyardAuthor Commented:
the below script works (when not adding in the database name) -- i.e. removing the DB2 (if table was on same DB as other table ... but when adding the second DB reference get the error:

'Invalid Object Name:   DB2.DBTB1

SELECT T1.[Index_ID], T2.[DisplayName]
FROM [Table1] T1
INNER JOIN DB2.DBTB1 T2 ON T1.Index_ID = T2.Index_ID

Kevin CrossChief Technology OfficerCommented:
With SQL server it is [database].[schema].[table] so correction for the above is db2..table or db2.dbo.table2 - guess you figured it out, but just stating that for future readers in case it is not clear and in case your question came after accepting the above.

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Microsoft SQL Server 2008

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