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Reference to Database Not Supported in this Version of SQL Server

Diego Nieto-Arroyo troubleshoots an issue:

In this article I will show how to resolve and overcome errors while attempting to query a system tables or any table for that matter, via Linked Servers. The error seen below is the result of the issue we encountered.

Msg 40515, Level 16, State 2, Line 1

Reference to database and/or server name in ‘xxxx.sys.sp_tables_info_90_rowset_64’ is not supported in this version of SQL Server.

Read on to see what causes this issue and how you can resolve it.