Before you execute a CREATE EXISTING TABLE statement, it may be helpful to get a list of the columns that are available on a remote table. The sp_remote_columns system procedure produces a list of the columns on a remote table and a description of those data types. The following is the syntax for the sp_remote_columns system procedure:
sp_remote_columns servername, tablename [, owner ] [, database]
If a table name, owner, or database name is given, the list of columns is limited to only those that match.
For example, the following returns a list of the columns in the sysobjects table in the production database on an Adaptive Server Enterprise server named asetest:
CALL sp_remote_columns asetest, sysobjects, null, production;
For more information, see sp_remote_columns system procedure.