FIX: "Argument passed to data shaping service was invalid" error after you apply MDAC 2.8

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When you try to open a hierarchical Microsoft ActiveX Data Objects (ADO) Recordset with the Microsoft Data Shaping Service for OLE DB service provider, you receive the following error message:
Run-time error '-2147024809 (80070057)':
Argument passed to the Data Shaping Service was invalid.
This is caused by a new restriction that is imposed on the length of the Shape query string in Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) 2.8. This restriction does not exist in earlier versions of MDAC.
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 this specific problem. 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 Web site: 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. The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name   --------------------------------------------------------------   16-Mar-2004  19:19  2.80.1037.0       147,456  Msadds.dll          16-Mar-2004  19:20  2000.85.1037.0     24,576  Odbcbcp.dll         16-Mar-2004  19:19  2000.85.1037.0    401,408  Sqlsrv32.dll                                            
Note For a list of all the hotfixes available for MDAC 2.8, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
839801 FIX: Hotfixes are available for MDAC 2.8
Without this fix, the Shape provider permits up to 32 KB in a single query string. To work around this problem, use one of the following methods:
  • Rewrite the queries to fit this limitation.
  • Use the reshaping feature to break the recordset up into smaller queries.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section of this article.

This hotfix removes all restrictions on the length of the query string and removes the restrictions on the number of levels that are permitted in the query.
For more information about reshaping, see the following Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Web site: For additional information, 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
datashape shaping msdatashape shaped

Article ID: 838405 - Last Review: 01/17/2015 07:26:09 - Revision: 3.3

Microsoft Data Access Components 2.8

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