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SMS: Site Attachment Fails or Causes Damaged Data at the Parent Site

Article ID: 249203

Article Last Modified on 10/25/2006


  • Microsoft Systems Management Server 1.2 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q249203


During the inventory synchronization process initiated either manually or automatically as part of the site attachment process, the inventory information sent to the parent site may be damaged. This can lead to failure in the inventory synchronization operation and/or cause damaged data to be inserted at the parent site.


This problem is caused by the child site improperly formatting the data files that represent the inventory and then forwarding the improperly formatted data files to the parent site. Upon reception, the parent site attempts to insert the data as formatted, causing invalid data to be inserted or insertion failures resulting in damaged information and/or failed inventory synchronization. This is the result of a buffer overflow during the site attachment file construction at the child site and can cause damage at 8 kilobyte (KB) intervals within site attachment data files. If the data that is damaged during this process is validated by SQL server prior to insertion into the site database (as with date/time fields), a failure will cause the attachment process to fail. If the data that is damaged during this process is an unvalidated field such as a string, the corrupt data is inserted at the parent site without causing a failure in site attachment.


A supported fix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that is described in this article. Apply it only to computers that are experiencing this specific problem. This fix may receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, Microsoft recommends that you wait for the next that contains this hotfix.

To resolve this problem immediately, contact Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain the fix. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services phone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

NOTE: In special cases, charges that are ordinarily incurred for support calls may be canceled if a Microsoft Support Professional determines that a specific update will resolve your problem. The typical support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question.

The English-language version of this software update should have the following file attributes or later:

   Date        Time      Size     File name       Platform   Version
   01/31/2000  02:01pm   129,648  Dataldr.dll     I386
   01/31/2000  02:02pm   209,680  Dataldr.dll     Alpha


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Systems Management Server version 1.2.

Additional query words: prodsms

Keywords: kbqfe kbhotfixserver kbbug kbfix KB249203