update data from one SQL database to another

I have two identical databases.  All except, of course, the name of the data base itself.

These data bases are called

Company_2011
and
Grower_2011

Each of the tables in the databases are identical.

In the company_2011 there is a table called plant_city.  In this table there are several computed columns.

I need to be able to update the data from the table plant_city in company_2011 to plant_city in grower_2011.

I do this now with a query that looks like this:

BEGIN TRANSACTION
DELETE GROWER_2011.DBO.PLANT_CITY
INSERT INTO GROWER_2011.DBO.PLANT_CITY (THIS_COLUMN, THAT_COLUMN, THE_OTHER_COLUMN)
 
SELECT THIS_COLUMN, THAT_COLUMN, THE_OTHER_COLUMN
FROM COMPANY_2011.DBO.PLANT_CITY
WHERE (THAT_COLUMN = 'GROWER_NAME')

COMMIT

The reason I delete the table first is I have found if I do not then the query fails and tells me that the table already exists.

All I really need to do is update the data in this table every day and have the computed columns stay in tact.

What would be a better way to accomplish what I need to do??

Thanks!!
Curtis LongAsked:
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AnujSQL Server DBACommented:
DB1 and DB2 is just an alias name for the tables, later you can refer this alias name in the query.
Add the required columns that you wish to update.
JOINS are set operation used in TSQL, to return rows from two or more tables based on matching condition in ON Clause. check here for details
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AnujSQL Server DBACommented:
UPDATE GROWER_2011.DBO.PLANT_CITY
SET THIS_COLUMN = DB1.THIS_COLUMN...
FROM GROWER_2011.DBO.PLANT_CITY D2
INNER JOIN COMPANY_2011.DBO.PLANT_CITY D1
ON D1.THE_OTHER_COLUMN = D2.THE_OTHER_COLUMN
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gpizzutoCommented:
Probably your error is caused by a command like:

SELECT ... INTO GROWER_2011.DBO.PLANT_CITY
FROM ...
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Curtis LongAuthor Commented:
Thanks!!

What does the DB1 stand for??  What does the ... do??  Does it mean I need to add each of the other columns??

How does the INTER JOIN function work??

Thanks!!
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