Consider the following scenario:

  • You have Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) installed on a computer.

  • You create a linked server to a NON-MS data source by using a third-party OLE DB provider.

  • A client application executes some distributed queries through the linked server.

In this scenario, you receive the following error message:

Msg 7369, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
The OLE DB provider '<ProviderName>' provided invalid collation.

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

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