Linking Tables From Different Databases Or Querying From Multiple Databases

Dear Readers,Is it possible, like in Access, to link to tables in other SQL databases that are on the same server? I have a query that I originally had in Access that queered from multiply databases. It did this by having those other tables in the other databases linked to the database that had the query.  


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Yes, you just need to fully qualify the tables, using the database names:

select t1.field1, t2.field2 from Database1..table1 t1 inner join Database2..table2 t2 on t1.keyfield = t2.keyfield

Mark Doyle
Doyle ITS
12/10/2007 5:23:50 PM

SELECT t1.customer.* ,* 
FROM websiteDatabase.Customer t1 INNER JOIN emailDatabase.Email t2 on =

 I still I'm getting the error below. Would joining two databases change the connection string as well? Right now my connection string is

Data Source=XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX,1450\SQLEXPRESS;Initial Catalog=websiteDatabase;integrated Security=SSPI;


System.Data.SqlClient.SqlException: Invalid object name 'WebsiteDatabase.Customer'.


12/10/2007 5:44:20 PM

The fully qualified format is DATABASE.OWNER.TABLE, so try WebsiteDatabase.dbo.Customer.

Your connection string shouldn't have to change.

Mark Doyle
Doyle ITS
12/10/2007 5:47:08 PM

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