Linked Server Properties (Server Options Page)

Use this tab to view or specify the following options.

Collation Compatible

Affects Distributed Query execution against linked servers. If this option is set to true, Microsoft SQL Server assumes that all characters in the linked server are compatible with the local server, with regard to character set and collation sequence (or sort order). This enables SQL Server to send comparisons on character columns to the provider. If this option is not set, SQL Server always evaluates comparisons on character columns locally.

This option should be set only if it is certain that the data source corresponding to the linked server has the same character set and sort order as the local server.

Data Access

Enables and disables a linked server for distributed query access.


Enables RPC from the specified server.


Enables RPC to the specified server.

Use Remote Collation

Determines whether the collation of a remote column or of a local server will be used.

If true, the collation of remote columns is used for SQL Server data sources, and the collation specified in collation name is used for non-SQL Server data sources.

If false, distributed queries will always use the default collation of the local server, while collation name and the collation of remote columns are ignored. The default is false.

Collation Name

Specifies the name of the collation used by the remote data source if use remote collation is true and the data source is not a SQL Server data source. The name must be one of the collations supported by SQL Server.

Use this option when accessing an OLE DB data source other than SQL Server, but whose collation matches one of the SQL Server collations.

The linked server must support a single collation to be used for all columns in that server. Do not set this option if the linked server supports multiple collations within a single data source, or if the linked server's collation cannot be determined to match one of the SQL Server collations.

Connection Timeout

Time-out value in seconds for connecting to a linked server.

If 0, use the sp_configure defaultremote query timeout Option value.

Query Timeout

Time-out value in seconds for queries against a linked server.

If 0, use the sp_configure default query wait Option value.

Enable Promotion of Distributed Transactions

Use this option to protect the actions of a server-to-server procedure through a Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MS DTC) transaction. When this option is TRUE, calling a remote stored procedure starts a distributed transaction and enlists the transaction with MS DTC. For more information, see sp_serveroption (Transact-SQL).

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