KB4538268 - FIX: "Expired BLOB handle" error occurs when cross-database transaction involves communication with MSDTC in SQL Server 2017 and 2019


Assume that your application initiates a cross-database transaction that updates multiple tables in different databases in a manner that requires communication with Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MSDTC). In this scenario, you receive an "Expired BLOB handle" error.

The reasonsĀ for MSTDC involvement include the following:

  • Updates occur through a Linked Server.

  • One or more databases become part of an Always On availability group (AG).


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


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

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