In Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2, after you rehydrate an XLANG orchestration that was running for a long time, you receive a NullReferenceException error message. Additionally, an event that resembles the following is logged in the Application log:
Event Type: Error Event Source: XLANG/s Event Category: None Event ID: 10046 Description: An unrecoverable exception (see the 'inner exception' below) has occurred. Service Name: <Service Name> Service Id: <Service GUID> Instance Id: <Instance GUID>
Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
Exception type: NullReferenceException
When you upgrade to BizTalk Server 2006 R2, some changes occur to the internal objects that are in serialized orchestrations. Therefore, if an orchestration was serialized before you upgraded to BizTalk Server 2006 R2, the orchestration fails when the orchestration is deserialized after the upgrade.
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.
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You must have Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 installed to apply this hotfix.
You must restart the computer if the updated file is being used when you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.
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Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
933396 FIX: You may receive a NullReferenceException error message when a long-running XLANG orchestration is rehydrated in BizTalk Server 2004
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
For more information the orchestration rehydration, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Branch Edition, Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Developer Edition, Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Enterprise Edition, Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Standard Edition