When saving the results of a buffer to an SDE geodatabase, ArcMap returns this message:
"Buffering failed: Errors occurred during the buffering operation."
Saving the results to a personal geodatabase may return this error:
"Error: One or more layers failed to draw: General function failure [Buffer_of_layername] Syntax error in date in query expression '#SHAPE#'."
The data being buffered may be from an ArcIMS map service. ArcIMS feature classes have pound signs in the shape field name, '#SHAPE#'. The pound signs cause a conflict when trying to save the output to a geodatabase.