Unable to access ClusterStorage folder on a passive node in a server 2008 R2 cluster

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Symptoms

On a Windows Server 2008 R2 cluster with Cluster Shared Volume(CSV) feature enabled, a user may be unable to access a CSV volume from a passive (non-coordinator) node. When clicking on a CSV volume, explorer may hang. One or all of the following events may be displayed:

Event ID: 5120
Source: Microsoft-Windows-FailoverCluster
Level: Error
Description: Cluster Shared Volume "volume_name" is no longer available on this node because of "STATUS_BAD_NETWORK_PATH(c00000be)'. All I/O will temporarily be queued until a path to the volume is re-established.

Event ID: 5120
Source: Microsoft-Windows-FailoverCluster 
Level: Error
Description: Cluster Shared Volume "volume_name" is no longer available on this node because of 'STATUS_CONNECTION_DISCONNECTED(c000020c)'. All I/O will temporarily be queued until a path to the volume is reestablished.

Event ID: 5120
Source: Microsoft-Windows-FailoverCluster
Level: Error
Description: Cluster Shared Volume "volume_name" is no longer available on this node because of 'STATUS_MEDIA_WRITE_PROTECTED(c00000a2)'. All I/O will temporarily be queued until a path to the volume is reestablished.

Event ID generated: 5142
Source: Microsoft-Windows-FailoverCluster
Description: Cluster Shared Volume "volume_name" ('Cluster Disk #') is no longer accessible from this cluster node because of error 'ERROR_TIMEOUT(1460)'. Please troubleshoot this node's connectivity to the storage device and network connectivity.

Cause

When accessing a CSV volume from a passive (non-coordinator) node, the disk I/O to the owning (coordinator) node is routed through a 'preferred' network adapter and requires SMB be enabled on that network adapter. For SMB connections to work on these network adapters, the following protocols must be enabled:

  • Client for Microsoft Networks
  • File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks

Resolution

Review each cluster node and verify the following protocols are enabled the network adapters available for Cluster use

  • Client for Microsoft Networks
  • File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks

1. Click Start , click Run , type ncpa.cpl , and then click OK . 
2. Right-click the local area connection that is associated with the network adapter, and then click Properties . 
3. Verify that the above protocols appear in the This connection uses the following items box.  If either is missing, follow these steps:
    a.  Click Install , click Client , and then click Add . 
    b.  Select the missing protocol, click OK , and then click Yes .  
4. Verify that the check box that appears next to Client for Microsoft Networks is selected. 
 
 

More Information

The Event Id:5120 mentioned above will be logged anytime that there is a problem connecting over the network using SMB to the owning node.  If the connection is restored within a few minutes, then there there may be no ill affects other than slowness of the VM’s due to lack of I/O completing. 

The meaning of the event codes listed above are as follows:

  • 'STATUS_BAD_NETWORK_PATH(c00000be)' - This error code means that the network path to the SMB2 share that is created by the node that is currently listed as the owner for the CSV cannot be located.
  • 'STATUS_CONNECTION_DISCONNECTED(c000020c)' - This error code means that a node has lost access to the SMB2 share that is created by the node that is currently listed as the owner for the CSV.
  • 'STATUS_MEDIA_WRITE_PROTECTED(c00000a2)’ - This error code means that can not write to the volume. Usually this indicates that we have lost the reservation on the disk and we no longer have direct I/O with the disk.

The Event Id:5142 indicates that the non-owning node is disconnected and CSV is no longer queuing the I/O. As a result, the VM’s on the node logging the errors will see the storage as disconnected instead of just slow in responding. 

The preferred network is the network with the lowest cluster network metric value. If the preferred network is unavailable (due to problems or re-configuration) then the cluster network fault tolerance will cause the network with the next lowest metric to be used.  If that network is not configured to allow SMB connection, then the above error will be encountered.
 
The recommendation is for any network that the cluster might use (any network not disabled for cluster use) should be configured as shown above to allow CSV use. 

Reference Articles:

Hyper-V: Using Live Migration with Cluster Shared Volumes in Windows Server 2008 R2 : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd446679(WS.10).aspx

Cluster Shared Volumes Support for Hyper-V : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd630633(WS.10).aspx 

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Article ID: 2008795 - Last Review: August 17, 2012 - Revision: 6.0
Applies to
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
Keywords: 
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