FIX: Error occurs when you connect to the database engine after you install CU4 for SQL Server 2014

Symptoms

Consider the following scenario:
  • You have Microsoft SQL Server Data Tools - Business Intelligence for Visual Studio 2013 (SSDT-BI) version 12.0.2299.1 and Microsoft SQL Server 2014 installed side by side.
  • You have Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Cumulative Update 4 (CU4) installed afterward.
  • You use SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) to connect to the database engine.
In this scenario, you receive the following error message from SSMS:
The type initializer for 'PropertyMetadataProvider' threw an exception. (Microsoft.SqlServer.Smo)

Additional information:

Could not load type 'Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.DefaultDistributionPolicy' from assembly 'Microsoft.SqlServer.SqlEnum, Version=12.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=89845dcd8080cc91'. (Microsoft.SqlServer.Smo)

Resolution

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

Recommendation: Install the latest cumulative update for SQL Server

Status

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

Article ID: 3030041 - Last Review: Jun 22, 2015 - Revision: 1

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