FIX: Error message when you try to run a query on a linked server in SQL Server 2000

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Article ID: 920930 - View products that this article applies to.
Bug #. 871 (SQL Hotfix)
Microsoft distributes Microsoft SQL Server 2000 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 2000 fix release.
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SUMMARY

This article includes the following information about this hotfix release:
  • The issues that are fixed by this hotfix package
  • The prerequisites for applying this hotfix package
  • Whether you must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix package
  • Whether this hotfix package is replaced by any other hotfix package
  • Whether you must make any registry changes after you apply this hotfix package
  • The files that are contained in this hotfix package

SYMPTOMS

When you try to run a query on a linked server in Microsoft SQL Server 2000, you may receive the following error message:
Server: Msg 7347, Level 16, State 1, Line 1 OLE DB provider 'SQLOLEDB' returned an unexpected data length for the fixed-length column '[LinkedServerName].[DBName].[OwnerName].[TebleOrViewName].ColumnName'. The expected data length is n, while the returned data length is m.
For a list of all publicly released SQL Server 2000 post-Service Pack 4 hotfixes, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
894905 Cumulative list of the hotfixes that are available for SQL Server 2000 SP4

RESOLUTION

The installer does not install this hotfix correctly on x64-based systems. This installation issue occurs when the following conditions are true:
  • The system uses the Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) AMD64 processor architecture or the Intel Extended Memory 64 Technology (EM64T) processor architecture.

    Note This issue does not occur on systems that use the Intel Itanium processor architecture.
  • The system is running a 64-bit version of the Microsoft Windows Server operating system.
  • The system is running a 32-bit version of SQL Server 2000.
We have corrected this installation issue in later builds of SQL Server 2000, starting with version 8.00.2244. When a customer who is running SQL Server 2000 on an x64-based system requests this hotfix, we will provide a build that includes this hotfix and that can be installed correctly on an x64-based system. The build that we provide will be version 8.00.2244 or a later version.

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, submit a request to Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, you must have Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4) installed. For information about how to obtain SQL Server 2000 SP4, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
290211 How to obtain the latest SQL Server 2000 service pack

Restart information

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Registry information

You do not have change the registry after you apply this hotfix.

File information

This hotfix contains only those files that are required to correct the issues that are listed in this article. This hotfix may not contain all the files that you must have to fully update a product to the latest build.

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
SQL Server 2000, 32-bit x86 versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
80sp4-tools.sqlNot applicable134,62818-Feb-200623:40Not applicable
Dtsui.dll2000.80.2201.01,593,34413-Jun-200616:16x86
Impprov.dll2000.80.2201.0102,40013-Jun-200616:16x86
Msgprox.dll2000.80.2201.094,20813-Jun-200616:16x86
Msrpjt40.dll4.10.9424.0188,47324-Jan-200606:13x86
Mssdi98.dll8.11.50523.0239,10406-Jun-200520:46x86
Ntwdblib.dll2000.80.2201.0290,81613-Jun-200616:16x86
Odsole70.dll2000.80.2201.069,63213-Jun-200616:16x86
Osql.exe2000.80.2201.057,34413-Jun-200614:55x86
Pfclnt80.dll2000.80.2201.0430,08013-Jun-200616:16x86
Procsyst.sqlNot applicable552,06816-Jun-200522:15Not applicable
Replmerg.exe2000.80.2201.0163,84013-Jun-200615:03x86
Replmerg.sqlNot applicable1,151,45013-Jun-200614:52Not applicable
Replprov.dll2000.80.2201.0237,56813-Jun-200616:16x86
Replrec.dll2000.80.2201.0315,39213-Jun-200616:16x86
Replsub.dll2000.80.2201.0270,33613-Jun-200616:16x86
Repltran.sqlNot applicable1,000,63402-Feb-200619:59Not applicable
Semexec.dll2000.80.2201.0856,06413-Jun-200616:16x86
Sp4_serv_qfe.sqlNot applicable18,81016-Jun-200522:15Not applicable
Sqlagent.exe2000.80.2201.0323,58413-Jun-200615:04x86
Sqldiag.exe2000.80.2201.0118,78413-Jun-200615:26x86
Sqldmo.dll2000.80.2201.04,362,24013-Jun-200616:16x86
Sqlevn70.rll2000.80.2201.045,05613-Jun-200616:16Not applicable
Sqlfth75.dll2000.80.2201.0102,40013-Jun-200614:55x86
Sqlservr.exe2000.80.2201.09,162,75213-Jun-200616:15x86
Sqlsort.dll2000.80.2201.0589,82413-Jun-200616:16x86
Stardds.dll2000.80.2201.0176,12813-Jun-200616:16x86
Svrnetcn.dll2000.80.2201.0110,59213-Jun-200616:16x86
Ums.dll2000.80.2201.035,32813-Jun-200616:16x86
Xpstar.dll2000.80.2201.0311,29613-Jun-200616:16x86
SQL Server 2000, Itanium architecture version
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Impprov.dll2000.80.2201.0244,73613-Jun-200618:19IA-64
Msgprox.dll2000.80.2201.0188,41613-Jun-200618:19IA-64
Mssdi98.dll8.11.50523.0758,78406-Jun-200522:46IA-64
Odsole70.dll2000.80.2201.0150,52813-Jun-200618:17IA-64
Osql.exe2000.80.2201.0149,50413-Jun-200618:17IA-64
Pfclnt80.dll2000.80.2201.01,187,84013-Jun-200618:33IA-64
Replmerg.exe2000.80.2201.0375,29613-Jun-200618:21IA-64
Replprov.dll2000.80.2201.0538,62413-Jun-200618:21IA-64
Replrec.dll2000.80.2201.0775,68013-Jun-200618:22IA-64
Replsub.dll2000.80.2201.0641,02413-Jun-200618:28IA-64
Sqlagent.exe2000.80.2201.01,061,37613-Jun-200618:33IA-64
Sqldiag.exe2000.80.2201.0334,33613-Jun-200618:35IA-64
Sqldmo.dll2000.80.2201.013,860,35213-Jun-200618:39IA-64
Sqlfth75.dll2000.80.2201.0246,78413-Jun-200618:19IA-64
Sqlservr.exe2000.80.2201.024,940,03214-Jun-200600:45IA-64
Sqlsort.dll2000.80.2201.0617,47213-Jun-200616:53IA-64
Svrnetcn.dll2000.80.2201.0427,52013-Jun-200618:31IA-64
Xpstar.dll2000.80.2201.0873,47213-Jun-200618:35IA-64
Sqlevn70.rll2000.80.2201.035,32814-Jun-200619:15Not applicable

WORKAROUND

To work around this problem, you can add the OPTION(HASH JOIN) query hint to the query.

STATUS

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

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about Microsoft software updates, 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

Properties

Article ID: 920930 - Last Review: October 9, 2011 - Revision: 2.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Personal Edition
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