One of the strongest features of SQL Server is the ability to connect to disparate data sources and perform queries across multiple sources. New author Basu Hullur brings us a technique that he used to update data on the AS/400 in a much quicker way than previously.
2007-07-06 (first published: 2006-04-05)
Linked Servers are an interesting technology in SQL Server to allow remote access from within the database to external data sources. They can be a boon in a heterogenous environment with other Oracle, DB2, etc. data sources. But they can also help in a smaller scale against those "hidden" datasources like Excel or Access. New Author Krishna.
2007-06-08 (first published: 2004-06-02)