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SQL application role errors with OLE DB resource pooling
Article ID: 229564 - View products that this article applies to.
This article was previously published under Q229564
When you enable a SQL Server application role on a Microsoft ActiveX Data Objects (ADO) connection to SQL Server, you may receive the following error message when you connect to SQL Server 7.0:
When you connect to SQL Server 2000, the error may appear as follows:
sp_setapprole was not invoked correctly. Refer to the documentation for more information.
This error occurs when sp_setapprole is called on an ADO connection that has been allocated from the OLE DB resource pool. This error occurs with either the SQLOLEDB provider or the SQL Server ODBC driver.
[DBNETLIB][ConnectionRead (WrapperRead()).]General network error. Check your network documentation
The limitation that is described in this article also exists in the SQL Server .Net Data Provider, and in the OLE DB .Net Data Provider when used with the SQLOLEDB OLE DB Provider. When you try to set an application role on a connection that is drawn from the connection pool, you receive the following error message:
General network error
In the current design, after an application role is enabled on a client connection to SQL Server, you cannot reset the security context of that connection. Therefore, when the user ends the SQL Server session and disconnects from the server, the session is not reusable. However, OLE DB resource pooling returns the closed connection to the pool, and the error occurs when that connection is reused and the client application tries to reset the connection's security context by calling sp_setapprole again.
The only available workaround is to disable OLE DB Resource Pooling, which ADO uses by default. You can do this by adding "OLE DB Services = -2" to the ADO Connection string, as shown here:
Pooling can be disabled for the SQL Server .Net Data Provider by adding "Pooling=False" to the connection string.
The following code reproduces the error:
REFERENCESSQL Books Online; topic: "Application Security and Application Roles"
For more information about disabling OLE DB services, see the technical article "Pooling in the Microsoft Data Access Components," available on MSDN Online:
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms810829.aspxFor more information about how to turn off OLE DB services, see the OLE DB Readme.txt file.
Article ID: 229564 - Last Review: February 15, 2007 - Revision: 4.3