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Consider the following scenario:

  • You have Master Data Services (MDS) for Microsoft SQL Server 2016 or 2017 installed.

  • You install the SQL Server 2016 or 2017 MDS Add-in for Microsoft Excel.

  • You open one workbook that's connected to MDS and make changes to MDS data, save and close the workbook.

In this scenario, when you open the workbook and try to publish the data, you will fail to publish and receive an error message that resembles the following:

"Active sheet does not contain MDS data."


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


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

About cumulative updates for SQL Server:

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:


Learn about the terminology that Microsoft uses to describe software updates.

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