FIX: Error message in SQL Server 2008 when you try to transfer data by using a Transfer object that has the WithDependencies property enabled: "Object reference not set to an instance of an object."

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Article ID: 976413 - View products that this article applies to.
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:
  • In Microsoft SQL Server 2008, you try to transfer some data by using the Transfer object.
  • You set the WithDependencies property of the Transfer object to a value of "FALSE".
  • The source database name that is passed to the Transfer object, and the actual database name (specified in the SQL Server metadata), have different case sensitivity. For example, the passed database name is "Test", but the actual database name is "TEST".
  • You transfer some data by using the TransferData() method of the Transfer object.
In this scenario, the following error message may be returned:
Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
at Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.Transfer.GetObjectList()
at Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.Transfer.Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Common.ITransferMetadataProvider.SaveMetadata()
at Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Dts.DtsTransferProvider.Configure(ITransferMetadataProvider metadataProvider)
at Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.Transfer.GetTransferProvider()
at Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.Transfer.TransferData()

RESOLUTION

The fix for this issue was first released in Cumulative Update 5 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:
975977 Cumulative update package 5 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.

WORKAROUND

To work around this problem, when you pass a database name to the Transfer object, use the same case sensitivity as the actual database name (specified in the SQL Server metadata).

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 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: 976413 - Last Review: November 16, 2009 - Revision: 1.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Enterprise
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Developer
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Workgroup
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