PRB: Error 3265 When You Access Properties Collection

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When you use ActiveX Data Objects Extensions for Data Definition Language and Security (ADOX) and try to access properties in the Properties Collection, you may receive the following error message:
Run time error '3265':
ADO could not find the object in the collection corresponding to the
name or ordinal reference requested by the application.
The following error is returned from ADO 2.5 and later:
Run-time error '3265':
Item cannot be found in the collection corresponding to the requested name or ordinal.


The object's ParentCatalog property was not set to a valid Catalog object,


the ADO Connection object associated with the Parent Catalog may be invalid.


Set the object's ParentCatalog property to a valid Catalog object,


make sure the Parent Catalog is associated with a valid ADO Connection Object.


This behavior is by design.


The Properties collection associated with ADOX objects exposes provider-specific properties. However, ADOX objects can not expose this collection if there is not a channel for ADOX to talk to the Provider. This channel is created through the object's ParentCatalog property that points to a Catalog object. The Catalog object's Connection property must be set to a valid, opened ADO Connection object. Once this is in place, ADOX objects can expose any exposed provider-specific properties.

Steps to Reproduce Behavior

  1. Start Visual Basic.
  2. Choose the default project type.
  3. Set a project reference to each of the following:Microsoft ADO Ext. 2.x for DDL and Security and Microsoft ActiveX Data Objects 2.x Library.

  4. Paste the following code into the default form's Load method:
       Dim cnn As ADODB.Connection
       Dim cat As ADOX.Catalog
       Dim tbl As ADOX.Table
       Dim col As ADOX.Column
       Dim idx As ADOX.Index
       Set cnn = CreateObject("ADODB.Connection")
       With cnn
          .ConnectionString = "PROVIDER=SQLOLEDB" & _
                              ";DATA SOURCE=<server name>" & _
                              ";USER ID=<uid>;PASSWORD=<pwd>" & _
                              ";INITIAL CATALOG=<catalog name>"
       End With
       Set cat = CreateObject("ADOX.Catalog")
       cat.ActiveConnection = cnn
       Set tbl = CreateObject("ADOX.Table")
       tbl.Name = "test"
       tbl.Columns.Append "iMyID", adInteger
       tbl.Columns.Append "cTest", adChar, 15
       ' Comment the Line below and
       ' Uncomment the duplicate line two lines below to avoid error.
       tbl.Columns(0).Properties("Autoincrement").Value = True
       'This line is the key.
       Set tbl.ParentCatalog = cat
       'tbl.Columns(0).Properties("Autoincrement").Value = True
       cat.Tables.Append tbl


The following is from Help under the ParentCatalog Property from the Data Acces Software Development Kit for use with Microsoft Data Access Components:
Some data providers allow provider-specific property values to be written only at creation (when a table or column is appended to its Catalog collection). To access these properties before appending these objects to a Catalog, specify the Catalog in the ParentCatalog property first.


Article ID: 201826 - Last Review: August 23, 2001 - Revision: 1.0
  • Microsoft ActiveX Data Objects 2.1
  • Microsoft ActiveX Data Objects 2.5
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  • Microsoft ActiveX Data Objects 2.7
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