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LinkedServer Connection to Same Database Server

maike9
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I have two databases that have been backed up from production.  The stored procedures in one of the databases have references to a linked server connection to the other database.  In production, these two database reside on different servers.  I have backed up both databases and restored both of them to my default instance of Sql Server on my development machine.  My question is, is it possible to create a Linked Server connection back to the same instance of Sql Server so that the stored procedures work without any modifications to the linked server references?
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ValentinoVBI Consultant
Most Valuable Expert 2011

Commented:
Sure, here's how you could create it (the linked server is called "test" here):

EXEC sp_addlinkedserver @server='test', @srvproduct='', @provider='SQLOLEDB', @datasrc='YourServer\YourInstance'

More info: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa259589(v=sql.80).aspx
IT Engineer
Distinguished Expert 2017
Commented:
Yes it is. Just put the local instance name in remote server parameter.