Microsoft KB Archive/247202

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Article ID: 247202

Article Last Modified on 11/22/2005


  • Microsoft Visual Basic 5.0 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 5.0 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Data Access Components 2.1 Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Data Access Components 2.5
  • Microsoft Data Access Components 2.6
  • Microsoft Data Access Components 2.7

This article was previously published under Q247202


If you try to store the Visual Basic keyword Empty to an ADODB Record column based on Date type field as in the following code

rs("fDate") = Empty 

it causes this error:

Run-time error '-2147217887(8004e21)': Errors Occurred

Under MDAC 2.5 or later, you receive this message:

Run-time error '-2147217887(8004e21)': Multiple-step operation generated errors. Check each status value.


If it is necessary to re-initialize a date type field back to a blank value, cancel the AddNew operation using CancelUpdate and re-issue the AddNew method.


Microsoft is currently researching this problem and will post new information here as it becomes available.


This occurs with the Microsoft OLE DB Provider for:

  • Oracle
  • SQL Server
  • ODBC

This does not occur if the OLE DB Provider for Jet database engine is used. When Empty is stored to an ADODB Recordset column based on a Jet database engine DateTime field there is a date and time value entered into the field, however the Jet database engine suppresses the date portion. This is different behavior than with Integer and Character type columns. If Empty is stored to an Integer column, a Zero is stored to the Row regardless of the Provider and if it is a Character type field an Empty string ID stored.

Steps to reproduce the behavior

  1. Start Visual Basic.
  2. Create a Standard EXE Project and Reference Microsoft ActiveX Data Objects Library 2.x.
  3. Paste the following code into the default form, making sure to modify the connection string for your particular server name:

    Private Sub Form_Load()
    dim cn as new adodb.connection
    dim rs as new adodb.recordset
    'Select desired Connection, ConnectionString, and Data Source
    'Make necessary changes to the ConnectionString
    cn.Open "Provider=SQLOLEDB;User ID=<>;Password=<>;Initial Catalog=pubs;Data Source=<>"
    'cn.Open "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=<>;"
    'cn.Open "Provider=MSDAORA;User ID=<>;PASSWORD=<>;Data Source=dseoracle8;"
    On Error Resume Next
    cn.Execute "drop table batchtest"
    On Error GoTo 0
    'If Jet or SQL use this statement
    cn.Execute "create table batchtest (id int primary key," & _
                 "fstring varchar(50) NOT NULL," & _
                 "fnumber int NOT NULL," & _
                 "fdate datetime NOT NULL)"
    'If ORACLE use this statement
    'cn.Execute "create table batchtest (id int primary key," & _
                 "fstring varchar(50) NOT NULL," & _
                 "fnumber int NOT NULL," & _
                 "fdate date NOT NULL)"
    rs.Open "select * from batchtest", cn, adOpenStatic, adLockBatchOptimistic
        rs.Fields("id").Value = 1
        rs.Fields("fstring").Value = "XXXXX"
        rs.Fields("fnumber").Value = 999
        rs.Fields("fdate").Value = #3/3/1999#
        rs.Fields("id").Value = 2
        rs.Fields("fstring").Value = Empty
        rs.Fields("fnumber").Value = Empty
    'Error occurs here
        rs.Fields("fdate").Value = Empty 
    End Sub

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