I am trying to get all the records from one table into another table but these tables (which are identical) are on separate servers.

Any help would be appreciated.


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    What is the goal of avoiding linked servers? This is typically how you set up communication between servers (hence the name). Feb 1, 2013 at 21:36
  • One time. Can do everything (create read update delete) on both servers and databases EXCEPT create a linked server because I am not a sysadmin (these are remote servers) and I cannot get those privs. I guess I just found it silly that I can do all these operations on both but there is no easy way for me to get one table's data to another. Feb 1, 2013 at 22:03
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    @RossBarbish adding your last comment to the question would make it a more sound question and indicates the goal.
    – user507
    Feb 2, 2013 at 3:40

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If your goal is just a one time transfer, the quickest method would be to use SQL Server Import and Export Wizard (Right click on the database - Tasks - Export Data)

And here is SQL Server Management Studio Express (64-bit) if you don't have one already.


Assuming you meant INSERT INTO Server2.dbo.TableA Select FROM Server1.dbo.Table and not SELECT INTO Server2.dbo.TableA FROM Server1.dbo.Table

You can use OPENROWSET

This method is an alternative to accessing tables in a linked server and is a one-time, ad hoc method of connecting and accessing remote data by using OLE DB. For more frequent references to OLE DB data sources, use linked servers instead. For more information, see Linked Servers (Database Engine). The OPENROWSET function can be referenced in the FROM clause of a query as if it were a table name. The OPENROWSET function can also be referenced as the target table of an INSERT, UPDATE, or DELETE statement, subject to the capabilities of the OLE DB provider.

You may rule it out though because of whatever constraint you have that's stopping you from using a linked server.

If that's the case you'll need to use an ETL tool like SSIS or write a process in a client tool that does it without INSERT INTO ... SELECT syntax.

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