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Consider the following scenario:

  • You create a clustered columnstore index on a partitioned table.

  • The maximum length of the columns in the table is greater than the 8,060-byte row limit for tables if there are variable length columns.

  • You use the BULK INSERT or INSERT SELECT statement to insert data into the clustered columnstore index.

In this scenario, you receive an error message that resembles the following:

Message 611, Level 16, State 0
Cannot insert or update a row because total variable column size, including overhead, is 1978 bytes more than the limit.



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

Cumulative Update 2 for SQL Server 2017

Cumulative Update 8 for SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 2

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

Latest cumulative update for SQL Server 2017

latest cumulative updates 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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