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Article ID: 947486 - Last Review: February 2, 2008 - Revision: 1.1

Bug #: 50001926 (SQL Hotfix)
Microsoft distributes Microsoft SQL Server 2005 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 2005 fix release.

SYMPTOMS

In SQL Server 2005, you create a linked server that is linked to the local server itself. This configuration is also known as a loopback linked server. Then, you create a stored procedure that contains a statement that resembles the following statement:
INSERT <LocalTable> EXEC <LinkedServer>.<ProcedureName>
When you run the stored procedure, you receive the following error message:
Msg 3910, Level 16, State 2, Line 1
Transaction context in use by another session.
Note This problem does not occur in Microsoft SQL Server 2000.

CAUSE

This problem occurs because of a design change in SQL Server 2005.

RESOLUTION

The fix for this issue was first released in Cumulative Update 5. For more information about how to obtain this cumulative update package for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
943656  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/943656/LN/ ) Cumulative update package 5 for SQL Server 2005 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 2005 fix release. Microsoft recommends 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:
937137  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/937137/LN/ ) The SQL Server 2005 builds that were released after SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 was released
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 hotfixes are created for specific SQL Server service packs. You must apply a SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 hotfix to an installation of SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2. By default, any hotfix that is provided in a SQL Server service pack is included in the next SQL Server service pack.

STATUS

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

MORE INFORMATION

SQL Server 2000 supports a scenario in which you use the EXEC clause as a part of the INSERT statement to loop back to the local server. However, in the release version of SQL Server 2005 and in later versions of SQL Server 2005, this feature is not supported because of a design change. You can continue to use this feature after you apply the cumulative update package 5 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 (SP2).

For more information about a similar issue, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
941152  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/941152/ ) Error message when you run a distributed query against a loopback linked server in SQL Server 2005: "Transaction context in use by another session" or "MS DTC has cancelled the distributed transaction"
For more information about what files are changed, and for information about any prerequisites to apply the cumulative update package that contains the hotfix that is described in this Microsoft Knowledge Base article, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
943656  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/943656/LN/ ) Cumulative update package 5 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2

REFERENCES

For more information about the list of builds that are available after SQL Server Service Pack 2, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
937137  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/937137/LN/ ) The SQL Server 2005 builds that were released after SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 was released
For more information about the Incremental Servicing Model for SQL Server, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
935897  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/935897/LN/ ) An Incremental Servicing Model is available from the SQL Server team to deliver hotfixes for reported problems
For more information about how to obtain SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
913089  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/913089/LN/ ) How to obtain the latest service pack for SQL Server 2005
For more information about the new features and the improvements in SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=71711 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=71711)
For more information about the naming schema for SQL Server updates, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
822499  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/822499/LN/ ) New naming schema for Microsoft SQL Server software update packages
For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824684/LN/ ) Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Standard X64 Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition for Itanium-based Systems
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise X64 Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems
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