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Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2000 DBA Survival Guide, Second Edition by Mark Spenik, Orryn Sledge

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Distributed Queries

Distributed queries allow SQL Server users to retrieve and manipulate data located in other data sources (that is, other databases, files, spreadsheets, and so on) using T-SQL. To the user, it appears as if these data sources are just another SQL Server table. The capability of a RDBMS to retrieve and manipulate other data sources as if it were a native table of the RDBMS is not a new idea. Several vendors such as Oracle and Sybase have had gateway products available for several years. However, as with many things in Microsoft SQL Server 2000, distributed queries ship free with the product and allow you to connect to any data source for which you have a valid OLE DB Driver. Because Microsoft includes an OLE DB driver for ODBC, ...

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