You cannot fail over disk resources on a passive cluster node if you call the DefragAnalysis method of the "Win32_Volume" WMI Class

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SYMPTOMS

Consider the following scenario:
  • You run a script that calls the DefragAnalysis method of the Win32_Volume WMI Class on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003. This script runs on a passive cluster node.
  • You cannot access the disk resources on the passive cluster node. This lack of access causes the script to fail.
  • You try to fail over the disk resources to the passive cluster node after the script fails.
In this scenario, the failover fails.

CAUSE

This problem occurs because the WMI Provider Host (Wmiprvse.exe) process that hosts the Vdswmi.dll module leaks a handle in the scenario that is mentioned in the "Symptoms" section. The handle leak prevents the failover of the disk resources.

RESOLUTION

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing the problem described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

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Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, your computer must be running Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2).

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other previously released hotfixes.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
For all supported x86-based versions of Windows Server 2003 SP2
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Vdswmi.dll5.2.3790.4552134,65616-Jul-200910:14x86
For all supported Itanium-based versions of Windows Server 2003 SP2
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Vdswmi.dll5.2.3790.4552466,43216-Jul-200911:51IA-64
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2003 SP2 and of Windows XP SP2
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Vdswmi.dll5.2.3790.4552294,91216-Jul-200911:50x64

WORKAROUND

To work around the issue, use one of the following methods:

Method 1

Modify the script to check only local disk drives.

Method 2

Terminate the Wmiprvse.exe process that hosts the Vdswmi.dll module. To identify the process ID of the Wmiprvse.exe process that is hosting the Vdswmi.dll module, run the following command:
tasklist /M vdswmi.dll

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about the DefragAnalysis method of the Win32_Volume WMI Class, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa389827(VS.85).aspx
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Properties

Article ID: 973597 - Last Review: October 7, 2011 - Revision: 2.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition for Itanium-Based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems
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