Microsoft KB Archive/169207

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SMS: "Cannot Save Query Result Format" Error

Last reviewed: February 13, 1998
Article ID: Q169207

The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Systems Management Server, versions 1.0, 1.1, and 1.2


When you try to create a new Query Result format using the Systems Management Server Administrator program, you may receive the following error message:

   Cannot save Query Result format.


This error message occurs when an invalid character, such as a single quotation mark (') is used in any of the fields other than the Description field during MIF form creation. These fields become the table names within the Systems Management Server database. The only character, other than actual letters and numbers, that SQL Server allows for inclusion of table names is the underscore character (_).


To work around this problem, perform the following steps:

  1. Use the MIF Generator to re-create the .xnf file without using any illegal characters.
  2. Ensure that all existing copies of the old .xnf file are replaced with the newly created .xnf file. For more information, see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

          ARTICLE-ID: Q131614

    TITLE : Propagating MIF Entry Forms (XNF files) to SMS Clients

  3. Delete the corresponding .mif and .sev files from all clients in the Ms\Sms\Noidmifs directory.
  4. Open the Systems Management Server Database Manager. On the Tools menu, click Delete Group Classes.
  5. Select Personal Computer and click OK.
  6. Select the group representing the offending MIF information and click OK to delete this group from the database.
  7. Have the clients re-enter any of the fields and save the new MIF.
  8. Have the clients log on again or otherwise run the Smsls.bat file to take inventory and send the new MIF information to the server.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Systems Management Server versions 1.0, 1.1, and 1.2. A supported fix is now available for version 1.2 only, but it has not been fully regression-tested and should be applied only to systems experiencing this specific problem. Unless you are severely impacted by this specific problem, Microsoft recommends that you wait for the next Service Pack that contains this fix. Contact Microsoft Technical Support for more information.

Additional query words: prodsms define custom logon

Keywords : smsgeneral kbnetwork
Version : 1.0 1.1 1.2
Platform : winnt
Issue type : kbprb
Solution Type : kbworkaround

Last reviewed: February 13, 1998
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