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Article ID: 2723474 - Last Review: September 10, 2012 - Revision: 4.0

Microsoft distributes Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 3 (SP3) 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 Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 3 (SP3) fix release.

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Symptoms

Consider the following scenario:
  • You have a database that has a name whose length nearly reaches the name-length limit in a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 or Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 instance.

    Note The length of a SQL Server 2008 or SQL Server 2008 R2 database name has a limit of 123 characters.
  • You perform some operations on the database. These operations could cause some events to be logged in the Windows Application log.
In this scenario, event ID 322 together with the following message is logged unexpectedly in the Windows Application log and in the SQL Server Agent error log, even though the operations are completed successfully:
The data portion of event 8957 from MSSQL$MS2008 is invalid.

You expect only the events that are described in the "Symptoms" section to logged in the Windows Application log, and not event ID 322 or the error message.

For example, if you run the DBCC CHECKDB statement on a database, an event that resembles the following should be logged in the Windows Application log:

DBCC CHECKDB (DatabaseName) executed by UserName found 0 errors and repaired 0 errors. Elapsed time: 0 hours 0 minutes 0 seconds. Internal database snapshot has split point LSN = 00000018:0000003a:0001 and first LSN = 00000018:00000039:0001.

However, the event ID 322 error is logged in the Windows Application log and in the SQL Server Agent error log.

Cause

This issue occurs because an incorrect value is set for a constant that is used to calculate the length of event data.

Resolution

Cumulative update information

SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 2

The fix for this issue was first released in Cumulative Update 2 for SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 2. For more information about how to obtain this cumulative update package, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2740411  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2740411/ ) Cumulative Update package 2 for SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 2
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 R2 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:
2730301  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2730301/ ) The SQL Server 2008 R2 builds that were released after SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 2 was released

SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

The fix for this issue was first released in Cumulative Update 8. For more information about how to obtain this cumulative update package for SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2723743  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2723743/ ) Cumulative update package 8 for SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1
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 R2 Service Pack 1 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:
2567616  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2567616/ ) The SQL Server 2008 R2 builds that were released after SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 was released

Cumulative update package 6 for SQL Server 2008 SP3

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 SP3, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2715953  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2715953/ ) Cumulative update package 6 for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 3
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 SP3 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:
2629969  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2629969/ ) SQL Server 2008 builds that were released after SQL Server 2008 SP3 was released

Cumulative update package 11 for SQL Server 2008 SP2

The fix for this issue was first released in Cumulative Update 11. For more information about how to obtain this cumulative update package for SQL Server 2008 for SQL Server 2008 SP2, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2715951  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2715951/ ) Cumulative update package 11 for SQL Server 2008 SP2
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 for SQL Server 2008 SP2 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:
2402659  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2402659/ ) The SQL Server 2008 builds that were released after SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2 was released

Status

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

Applies to
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 3
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2, when used with:
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Developer
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Enterprise
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Web
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Workgroup
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Datacenter
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Developer
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Web
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Workgroup
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