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Create linked server from 64-bit SQL to 32-bit SQL or use a join query

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I have one database on a 64-bit version of SQL Server 2008.  I have another "Linked Server" in my 32-bit SQL Express instance on the same server.  

I was going to try to create another linked server with my 64-bit instance to the 32-bit instance, but SQL Mgmt Studio isn't recognizing it.  

My other option was to use join statements to connect the two, but that doesn't seem to work, either.  

How can I get the 32-bit piece to talk to the 64-bit piece?  I can see both of them in my SQL Mgmt Studio, obviously in separate connections to the SQL instances.
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1. You can't use different instances in a join without having them defined as Linked Server.
2. Bitness does not matter for Linked Servers. However, you might have to use TCP explicitly to get it work between 32- and 64-bit instances on the same server.

Proving a full servername\instance as server might help; adding the port the other instance listens to could work, too:   servername,1555 (if 1555 is the listening port of that instance, see its network connection properties).
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