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FIX: A policy is evaluated against an incorrect target when you run the policy category in evaluation mode on a remote server that is running SQL Server 2008

Microsoft distributes Microsoft SQL Server 2008 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 fix release.
SYMPTOMS
In Microsoft SQL Server 2008, you run a policy category in evaluation mode on a remote server. However, the policy is evaluated against an incorrect target, and you receive an incorrect result for the policy.
CAUSE
This issue occurs because the local store is used instead of the remote store to obtain the category data and the subscription data for the policy.
RESOLUTION
The fix for this issue was first released in Cumulative Update 6. For more information about how to obtain this cumulative update package for SQL Server 2008, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
971490 Cumulative update package 6 for SQL Server 2008
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 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:
956909 The SQL Server 2008 builds that were released after SQL Server 2008 was released
WORKAROUND
To work around this issue, use one of the following methods:
  • Manually select targets for each policy from the remote server instead of relying on the policy category.
  • Run the policy from the local server.
STATUS
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
REFERENCES
For more information about the Incremental Servicing Model for SQL Server, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
935897 An Incremental Servicing Model is available from the SQL Server team to deliver hotfixes for reported problems


For more information about the naming schema for SQL Server updates, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
822499New naming schema for Microsoft SQL Server software update packages


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
Policy Based Management policy category
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Article ID: 970713 - Last Review: 07/21/2009 03:39:42 - Revision: 1.0

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Developer, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Enterprise, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Workgroup

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