attaching query ability to different instances of sql but only logged into one sql instance

I have sql 2012 installed on my laptop.  I have about 5 production instances of sql.
I want to be able to query and join all my instances from my laptop while only logged into the laptop instance.
I found some instructions on this but tried and failed.  Does anyone have a good outline on how to complete this.

if someone would fill in the command with some example hosts/instance/database names that would help

source one   laptop -  host = lap1    instance = lap1   db=weather
source two   production server 1     host = serv1   instance=serv1   db = weather
source three  production server 2  host = serv2    instance = serv2   db= weather

all the names have been changed for cleansing purposes, but should appropriately define the logic


side question 2
I connect my locally installed ssms to two instances of of sql.   once I start querying in one instance, I am unable to change the focus of the drop down box to any of the db's on the other server.  I am stuck in one.  This is even after I highlight the dern server.
jamesmetcalf74Asked:
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ZberteocCommented:
The only way to be able to do that directly from Management Studio is to link the production servers .to3the instance on your laptop. In that case you will be able to query by server:

Let's assume that you linked the production servers to your laptop and you gave it the name PROD1, PROD2... Then you can query:


select * from PROD1.yourdatabase.dbo.table1
select * from PROD2.yourdatabase.dbo.table1
...

How to setup linked server:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fjlqa1y3ru0

Be careful, though, because doing this and running ad-hoc queries from you laptop especially if remotely connected through internet could have some serious performance implications that will affect your production servers.
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chaauCommented:
Side answer 2:
To change connection use the Change connection from the right-click menu:
ChangeConnection
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