Intelli sense for linked server objects

agepeder 271 Reputation points


Will intelli sense work for linked server objects ? My searching indicates that its a no. Can someone confirm it ?


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  1. Erland Sommarskog 104.2K Reputation points MVP

    I don't use IIntellinonsense myself, but keep in mind that a linked server could be running Oracle or Postgreas, it could be an Excel file or a Hadooop cluster. It seems unlikely that SSMS would support all of that.

    Yes, 90% of the linked servers in this world is another SQL Server instance, but I would not expect SSMS to handle this special case.

    But why don't you test?

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  1. CarrinWu-MSFT 6,866 Reputation points

    Hi @agepeder ,

    >Will intelli sense work for linked server objects ?

    Unfortunately, not all IIntellinonsense will work well. Please refer to Intellisense: Invalid Object Name on Linked Database, runs fine? to get more information, see below:
    The Intellisense cache is built through the SMO connection to the SQL Server that SSMS uses. SSMS works through SMO. No SMO connection exists for a linked server. Further, a end user may not have the necessary rights on the linked server to get the metadata even if it could be queried through a standard request, and this would require that the type of linked server be checked, because we can link to Oracle, Access, XML, Excel, and other providers.

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