The Multifunctioning DBA

Sep 19 2012   9:24PM GMT

Using a Variable in a Linked Server

Colin Smith Colin Smith Profile: Colin Smith

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The Problem.

I have a need to have a linked server that can connect to multiple catalogs, but I need a proc to determine what catalog to connect to. So I need to be able to do something like this.

set @SQL = 'select * from linkname.' + @RemoteDBName + '.dbo.table'

exec (@SQL)

I do not want to do this with dynamic sql though. It works great as long as you define @RemoteDBName. The issue with doing it this way is that SQL Server can not re-use a plan so you incur overhead of generating a plan each time the query runs. In my case it runs hundreds of times a minute. So that overhead adds up quickly.

The solution.

After some searching on Google I found a few sites that mention using synonyms. So I created a synonym for every table that all of my queries hit for each of my linked servers. A bit tedious but the payoff was good.

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