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Assume that you use the multiserver environment in Microsoft SQL Server 2014 or 2016. When you try to enlist a target server to a master server by using the sp_msx_enlist stored procedure, if the length of the server name that you specified for the @msx_server_name argument is longer than 32 characters, the operation may fail. Additionally, you may receive an error message that resembles the following:

Msg 22026, Level 16, State 1, Line LineNumber

The enlist operation failed (reason: The time-out was exceeded while the server waited for a response from SQL Server Agent. Make sure that the SQL Server Agent service is running)


This issue is fixed in the following cumulative updates for SQL Server:

Cumulative Update 5 for SQL Server 2016 RTM

Cumulative Update 2 for SQL Server 2016 SP1

Cumulative Update 4 for SQL Server 2014 SP2

Each new cumulative update for SQL Server contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous cumulative update. Check out the latest cumulative updates for SQL Server:

Latest cumulative update for SQL Server 2016

Latest cumulative update for SQL Server 2014


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


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