Join sql data different servers

I need to report on sales data coming from two point of sale systems. Both systems dump all their sales data into sql server but into two separate instances/ servers. One goes to sql 2008 and 1 to sql 2005. I have created views on both systems to see what sales info I am interested in. Is it possible to join this data and report it on one report??

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Noreen
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dbaSQLCommented:
Yes.  As long as your servers are linked, and the two datasets are joinable, you can pull from both of them, into a single report.  

If you want to provide more specific detail on the two datasets, I can give a better example.
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JestersGrindCommented:
Hi Noreen,

You need to create a linked server on the SQL 2008 server that points to the SQL 2005 server.  Here are some instructions.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff772782.aspx

Then you should be able to query across servers through OPENQUERY..  

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms188427.aspx

Greg

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jmauelAuthor Commented:
Thanks for both the comments. I have created the linked server and now I will see if I can query across it.

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