CLR Errors – Follow Up

A few weeks ago I posted about an issue I was having with CLR failing on one of my production servers. While a reboot fixed the problem it was a temporary fix and happened on a couple of further occasions. Still not being able to find the root cause Microsoft recommended a complete removal and reinstall of the .NET framework.

One of the Microsoft support team advised running the following query which loads CLR and then traverses through all the registered assemblies. This quickly shows up any problems with CLR and SQL Server integration even if the problem is not showing elsewhere.


  1. select * from sys.assemblies


Seeing the following is not a good thing:

Msg 6512, Level 16, State 27, Line 1

Failed to initialize the Common Language Runtime (CLR) v2.0.50727 with HRESULT 0x80004005. You need to restart SQL Server to use CLR integration features.

Removing the .NET Frameworks

Firstly I downloaded the .NET Framework Cleanup Tool from

With the tool installed on the server and all SQL services shut down and set to manual start I performed an uninstall of all of the .NET Frameworks in the order

  • 3.5
  • 3.0
  • 2.0

The removal complete a server restart was in order. Once restarted it was time to


Reinstall the .NET Frameworks

Here’s the interesting thing, there’s actually no need to go through and reinstall each individual Framework, in fact just download and install .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 from Microsoft.

Once the install was complete and the server restarted I brought the SQL services back online (and reset their services to start automatically)


Checking sys.assemblies again gave me positive results


name      principal_id           assembly_id          clr_name               permission_set     permission_set_desc          is_visible                create_date                modify_date         is_user_defined


Microsoft.SqlServer.Types 4              1              microsoft.sqlserver.types, version=, culture=neutral, publickeytoken=89845dcd8080cc91, processorarchitecture=msil          3              UNSAFE_ACCESS  1              2008-07-09 16:20:00.070                2008-07-09 16:20:00.413 0


Since the reinstall I’ve not experienced further issues. It’s a shame that Microsoft were unable to give me a root cause to the problem, however it’s great to have it resolved.

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