FIX: The columns do not replicate correctly when you use Web synchronization for a merge replication in SQL Server 2008 if a column contains a NULL value

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Microsoft distributes Microsoft SQL Server 2008 fixes as one downloadable file. Because the fixes are cumulative, each new release contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous SQL Server 2008 fix release.
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SYMPTOMS

Consider the following scenario:
  • You have a merge replication that is configured to use Web synchronization in Microsoft SQL Server 2008.
  • You replicate several columns, and at least one of the columns contains a NULL value. This column that contains the NULL value is not the last column that is replicated.
In this scenario, the columns are not replicated correctly. 

For example, you try to replicate four columns that contain values of the XML data type, and the first column contains a NULL value. In this scenario, the last column is not replicated.

CAUSE

This issue occurs because Web synchronization counts only the columns that have no NULL values.

RESOLUTION

Cumulative update information


SQL Server 2008

The fix for this issue was first released in Cumulative Update 11 for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1.

For more information about this cumulative update package, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2413738 Cumulative update package 11 for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1
Note Because the builds are cumulative, each new fix release contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous SQL Server 2008 fix release. Microsoft recommends that you consider applying the most recent fix release that contains this hotfix. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
970365 The SQL Server 2008 builds that were released after SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 was released
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 hotfixes are created for specific SQL Server service packs. You must apply a SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 hotfix to an installation of SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1. By default, any hotfix that is provided in a SQL Server service pack is included in the next SQL Server service pack.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

REFERENCES

For more information about Web synchronization for merge replication, visit the following Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) website:
General information about Web synchronization for merge replication
For more information about the Incremental Servicing Model for SQL Server, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
935897 An Incremental Servicing Model is available from the SQL Server team to deliver hotfixes for reported problems
For more information about the naming schema for SQL Server updates, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
822499 New naming schema for Microsoft SQL Server software update packages
For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

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Article ID: 2459742 - Last Review: November 15, 2010 - Revision: 1.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Enterprise
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Developer
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Workgroup
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition for Small Business
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