The length was changed on a column used in a view referenced by a linked server. After the change a select using the view no longer worked. MSG 4274 was returned with this message OLE DB provider 'SQLOLEDB' returned an unexpected data length for the fixed-length column '[forecast].[forecast].[dbo].[vw_itemsizerange].ProductId'. The expected data length is 5, while the returned data length is 7. Query using view did not work in Query Analyzer. Adding a new linked server did work. I'm assuming that the old view was cashed but don't know how to get the view to refresh to reflect the column length change.