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FIX: Incorrect results when you run a FULL JOIN query that uses the CROSS APPLY clause in SQL Server 2008 R2 or in SQL Server 2012

Microsoft distributes Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 2 (SP2) fixes as one downloadable file. Because the fixes are cumulative, each new release contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 2 fix release.
Symptoms
You may receive incorrect results when you run a query in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 or in Microsoft SQL Server 2012 when the following conditions are true:
  • The query uses a CROSS APPLY clause over the result of a FULL JOIN clause.
  • The table data is provided by calling a table-valued user-defined function in the FULL JOIN clause.
  • The function accepts a column name as a parameter, and returns results as a table.
For example, you run a query that resembles the following:
SELECT * FROM tablename CROSS APPLY (    SELECT * FROM        (SELECT * FROM [dbo].[func_GetTableFromXml](xmlColumn) WHERE nodeParentName = 'New') s1     FULL JOIN         (SELECT * FROM [dbo].[func_GetTableFromXml](xmlColumn) WHERE nodeParentName = 'Old') s2     ON s1.nodeName = s2.nodeName    ) s 
Note This issue does not occur in Microsoft SQL Server 2012.
Resolution

Cumulative update information

Cumulative Update 7 for SQL Server 2012

The fix for this issue was first released in Cumulative Update 7. For more information about how to obtain this cumulative update package for SQL Server 2012, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2823247 Cumulative update package 7 for SQL Server 2012
Note Because the builds are cumulative, each new fix release contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous SQL Server 2012 fix release. We recommend that you consider applying the most recent fix release that contains this hotfix. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2692828 The SQL Server 2012 builds that were released after SQL Server 2012 was released

Cumulative Update 3 for SQL Server 2012 SP1

The fix for this issue was first released in Cumulative Update 3. For more information about how to obtain this cumulative update package for SQL Server 2012 SP1, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2812412 Cumulative update package 3 for SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1
Note Because the builds are cumulative, each new fix release contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous SQL Server 2012 SP1 fix release. We recommend that you consider applying the most recent fix release that contains this hotfix. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2772858 The SQL Server 2012 builds that were released after SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 was released

Cumulative Update 5 for SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2

The fix for this issue was first released in Cumulative Update 5. For more information about how to obtain this cumulative update package for SQL Server 2008 R2 SP 2, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2797460 Cumulative update package 5 for SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 2
Note Because the builds are cumulative, each new fix release contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous SQL Server 2008 R2 SP 2 fix release. We recommend that you consider applying the most recent fix release that contains this hotfix. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2730301 The SQL Server 2008 R2 builds that were released after SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 2 was released
Status
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
Workaround
To work around this issue, use the FULL MERGE JOIN clause instead of a FULL JOIN clause.

For example, you change the query that is mentioned in the "Symptoms" section to that the query resembles the following:
SELECT * FROM tablename CROSS APPLY (    SELECT * FROM        (SELECT * FROM [dbo].[func_GetTableFromXml](xmlColumn) WHERE nodeParentName = 'New') s1     FULL MERGE JOIN         (SELECT * FROM [dbo].[func_GetTableFromXml](xmlColumn) WHERE nodeParentName = 'Old') s2     ON s1.nodeName = s2.nodeName    ) s
More information
For more information about how to use the CROSS APPLY clause, go to the following Microsoft TechNet website:
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Article ID: 2800797 - Last Review: 04/15/2013 08:52:00 - Revision: 3.0

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 2, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Datacenter, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Developer, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Web, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Workgroup, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express, Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Developer, Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Enterprise, Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express, Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Standard, Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Web, SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Core

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