FIX: Blank value is set to NULL value in a business rule in MDS of SQL Server 2012 or SQL Server 2014

Applies to: SQL Server 2012 DeveloperSQL Server 2012 EnterpriseSQL Server 2012 Business Intelligence More


Assume that you use business rules in Master Data Services (MDS) of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 or SQL Server 2014. When a business rule sets an attribute value to blank, it sets the blank value to a NULL value on the database side. In this situation, when another business rule evaluates whether the attribute is blank, it does not equate a NULL value with a blank value.


The issue was first fixed in the following cumulative update of SQL Server.

Cumulative Update 2 for SQL Server 2012 SP2

Cumulative Update 3 for SQL Server 2014

Cumulative Update 11 for SQL Server 2012 SP1


To work around this issue, append checking condition "OR Attribute is equal to ~NULL~" in the business rule when you evaluate whether an attribute is blank.


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