"Process Binary as Character=True" no longer returns binary data as string data in Host Integration Server 2013

Symptoms

Assume that you use the Process Binary as Character=True and Binary Code Page connection string properties to have the OLE DB Provider for DB2 convert IBM DB2 binary data to character strings.

After you upgrade to Microsoft Host Integration Server 2013, the Process Binary as Character=True DB2 connection string property no longer returns binary data as character string data. Instead, the binary data is returned as binary data. 

This problem also occurs when you use the Microsoft OLE DB Provider for DB2 4.0 and Microsoft OLE DB Provider for DB2 5.0 that are included in Feature Pack for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and Feature Pack for Microsoft SQL Server 2014 (respectively).

Cause

This problem occurs because the Process Binary as Character=True connection string property was removed from the Microsoft DB2 data providers that are included in the products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

Resolution

To resolve this problem in OLE DB Provider for DB2 5.0 and Host Integration Server 2013, install hotfix 2993741. This hotfix does not apply to OLE DB Provider for DB2 4.0.

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 the problem described in this article. 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, go to the following Microsoft website:

http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=supportNote 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.

Microsoft Host Integration Server 2013

PrerequisitesYou must have Cumulative update package 1 for Host Integration Server 2013 installed to apply this hotfix.

Restart informationYou may have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Replacement informationThis hotfix does not replace any previously released hotfix.

Microsoft OLE DB Provider for DB2 version 5.0

PrerequisitesTo apply this hotfix, you must first uninstall the existing installation of Microsoft OLE DB Provider for DB2 5.0. Then, use the .msi file that is listed in the "File information" section to install this hotfix.

Restart informationYou may have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Replacement informationThis hotfix does not replace any previously released hotfix.


The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) 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 item in Control Panel.

Microsoft Host Integration Server 2013

For all x86 versions of Microsoft Host Integration Server 2013

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Msdrda.dll

9.0.2182.2

1,017,832

28-Aug-2014

19:39

x86

For all x64 versions of Microsoft Host Integration Server 2013

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Msdrda.dll

9.0.2182.2

1,017,832

28-Aug-2014

19:39

x86

Msdrda.dll

9.0.2182.2

1,348,072

28-Aug-2014

19:40

x64

Microsoft OLE DB Provider for DB2 version 5.0

For all versions of Microsoft OLE DB Provider for DB2 version 5.0

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Db2oledbv5_x64.msi

Not applicable

4,212,736

29-Aug-2014

08:53

Not applicable

Db2oledbv5_x86.msi

Not applicable

3,080,192

29-Aug-2014

08:53

Not applicable




Note The fix that resolves this problem is also included in Cumulative Update 2 for Host Integration Server 2013 (KB2929767).

Status

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

More Information

After you apply the update, the DB2 connection string has to be updated to set the “Binary Code Page” property to match the Host CCSID (code page) in order to properly convert the binary data to characters strings.



Note The “Process Binary as Character” connection string property was not re-added to the DB2 data providers to provide this functionality. Instead, this functionality is enabled by using the Binary Code Page property.

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