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Symptoms

Assume that you publish a database that contains a spatial index that uses either GEOGRAPHY_AUTO_GRID or GEOMETRY_AUTO_GRID in Microsoft SQL Server 2016 or 2017. When you try to generate a snapshot for your publications, you receive an error message that resembles the following:

Incorrect syntax near the keyword 'WITH'. (Source: MSSQLServer, Error number: 156)

Resolution

This problem is fixed in the following cumulative updates for SQL Server:

       Cumulative Update 4 for SQL Server 2017

       Cumulative Update 7 for SQL Server 2016 SP1

Each new cumulative update for SQL Server contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous cumulative update. Check out the latest cumulative updates for SQL Server:

Latest cumulative update for SQL Server 2017

Latest cumulative updates for SQL Server 2016

Status

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

References

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