Assume that you use the WmiPrvSE.exe process for performance data collection on a Windows 8-based or Windows Server 2012-based computer. In this situation, a handle leak may occur in one of the WmiPrvSE.exe instances. Additionally, Microsoft System Center 2012 features that rely on performance data (for example, System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), Data Protection Manager (DPM), and System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) may fail.
This issue occurs because, when Performance Data Helper log files are opened, Pdh.dll creates a new thread by using the CreateThread() API to process the log files. The CreateThread() API then returns a handle to the newly created thread. The handle remains open after these log files are closed, causing a handle leak.
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 this specific problem.
If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix Download Available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, submit a request to Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.
Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft website: Note The "Hotfix Download Available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.
PrerequisitesTo apply this hotfix, you must be running Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012.
Registry informationTo apply this hotfix, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.
Restart requirementYou must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement informationThis hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
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