DSN is not changed or deleted on client computers when you use Group Policy Preferences to configure it in Windows 7 SP1 or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

Applies to: Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1Windows Server 2008 R2 EnterpriseWindows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter More

Symptoms


Consider the following scenario:
  • You have Microsoft SQL Server Native Client 11.0 installed on a Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)-based or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1-based computer.
  • You create a Data Source Name (DSN) by using Group Policy Preferences on the computer. During the creation process, you select the SQL Server Native Client 11.0 driver to create the new data source. 
  • The DSN is deployed correctly on Windows 7-based or Windows Server 2008 R2-based client computers that have SQL Server Native Client 11.0 installed.
  • You change or delete the DSN by using Group Policy Preferences on the computer.
In this scenario, the DSN is not changed or deleted on the client computers.

Cause


This issue occurs because the data that is passed to the SQL Server Native Client 11.0 driver to change or delete the DSN on the client computers is incorrect.

Resolution


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 the problem described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

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, contact 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 website: 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 be running Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 or Windows 7 SP1 that has the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 with SP1 installed.

For more information about how to obtain a Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

976932 Information about Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2

Registry information

To apply this hotfix, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

Workaround


To work around this issue, use ODBC Data Source Administrator to change or delete the DSN on the computer.

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 SQL Server Native Client 11.0, go to the following Microsoft website: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