FIX: DTS Wizard new database causes errors when targer server is SQL Server 6.5

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BUG #: 53748 (SQLBUG_70)
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When the DTS Export Wizard is used to export a database from SQL Server 7.0 to SQL Server 6.5 and the destination database is created from the Choose A Destination dialog box, the transfer fails and a dialog box titled DTS Wizard Error is displayed with the following message:
Must declare variable @dbpath
The size (512) given to the parameter '@dbpath' exceeds the maximum. The largest size allowed is 255.


Data Transformation Services (DTS) incorrectly sends SQL Server 7.0 CREATE DATABASE syntax to SQL Server 6.5.


Before invoking DTS to perform a transfer, create the destination database on SQL Server 6.5 using either of the following:
  • The SQL Server 6.5 version of SQL Enterprise Manager.

  • The CREATE DATABASE Transact-SQL DDL statement.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in SQL Server 7.0. This problem has been corrected in U.S. Service Pack 1 for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
232570INF: How to Obtain Service Pack 1 for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 and Microsoft Data Engine (MSDE) 1.0
For more information, contact your primary support provider.


Article ID: 219425 - Last Review: October 14, 2013 - Revision: 3.1
  • Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 6.5 Standard Edition
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