Recommended hotfixes and updates for Windows Server 2012 R2-based failover clusters

Applies to: Windows Server 2012 R2 DatacenterWindows Server 2012 R2 Standard

Summary


This article describes the hotfixes that are currently available for Windows Server 2012 R2-based failover clusters and are highly recommended to be installed on each server of a failover clusters.
Failover Cluster Management enables multiple servers to provide a high availability of server roles. Failover Cluster Management is frequently used for file services, virtual machines, database applications, and mail applications.

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 Important
The process for installing service packs and hotfixes for Windows Server 2012 R2 differs from the process for earlier versions of Windows Server. In Windows Server 2012 R2, you can use the Cluster-Aware Updating (CAU) feature. CAU automates the software-updating process on clustered servers and maintains availability. For more information, see Cluster-Aware Updating Overview.

For information about how to manually drain cluster nodes for maintenance, see Draining Nodes for Planned Maintenance with Windows Server 2012.

More Information


The following Microsoft Knowledge Base articles describe the currently available fixes that are highly recommended to be installed on all failover clusters. Most of the updates apply to computers that are running Windows Server 2012 R2. Some updates, such as KB 976424, may be required on computers that are running Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008 if those operating systems are present in the environment.

These updates are considered to be important installations to ensure the highest level of reliability.

Any Windows Server 2012 R2 Cluster

Date that update was added Related Knowledge Base article Title Component Why we recommend this update
June 14, 2018 4284815 June 12, 2018—KB4284815 (Monthly Rollup) Multiple This security update rollup includes improvements and fixes that were released after September 2016. Available from Windows Update or for individual download from Microsoft Update Catalog and Microsoft Download Center. To apply this update, you must first install update 2919355 on Windows Server 2012 R2.
June 21, 2017 3137728 VSS restore fails when you use ResyncLuns VSS API in Windows Server 2012 R2-based failover cluster Vssvc Includes the fix from 3123538. Available from Windows Update or for individual download from Microsoft Update Catalog and Microsoft Download Center. To apply this update, you must first install update 2919355 on Windows Server 2012 R2.
August 22, 2016 3179574 August 2016 update rollup for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 Multiple This rollup includes a fix which addresses an issue with cluster services that may stop working when network loss logging occurs when a network connection is down and virtual machines are configured with one possible owner. Available from Windows Update or for individual download from Microsoft Update Catalog. To apply this update, you must first install the update 2919355 on Windows Server 2012 R2.
July 21, 2016 3172614 July 2016 update rollup for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 Multiple This rollup includes improvements and fixes from June 2016 update rollup KB 3161606 and May 2016 update rollup KB 3156418 including an update (3153887 ) that increases the default values of SameSubnetThreshold, CrossSubnetThreshold and RouteHistoryLength to be more tolerant of brief transient network issues. Available on Windows update or for individual download from Microsoft Update Catalog. To apply this update, you must first install the update 2919355 on Windows Server 2012 R2.
October 28, 2015 3091057 Cluster validation fails in the "Validate Simultaneous Failover" test in a Windows Server 2012 R2-based failover cluster Cprepsrv Changes some timing of the "Validate Simultaneous failover" test to more accurately verify the storage compatibility with the failover cluster. Available for individual download.
December 18, 2014 3013769 December 2014 update rollup for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 Multiple An update rollup package that resolves issues and includes performance and reliability improvements. Available from Windows Update and for individual download from Download Center. To apply this update, you must first install the update 2919355 on Windows Server 2012 R2.
November 18, 2014 3000850 November 2014 update rollup for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 Multiple A cumulative update that includes the security updates and nonsecurity updates including Failover Clustering updates that were released between April 2014 and November 2014. Available from Windows Update and for individual download from Download Center. To apply this update, you must first install the update 2919355 on Windows Server 2012 R2.
April 8, 2014 2919355 Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 Update April, 2014 Multiple A cumulative update that includes the security updates and nonsecurity updates including Failover Clustering updates that were released before March 2014. Available from Windows Update and for individual download from Download Center.
December 18, 2013 976424 Error code when the kpasswd protocol fails after you perform an authoritative restore: "KDC_ERROR_S_
PRINCIPAL_UNKNOWN"
KDCSVC Enables you to add a Windows Server 2012 failover cluster. Install on every domain controller that is running Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2) or Windows Server 2008 R2. Otherwise, Create Cluster may fail when you try to set the password for the cluster computer object, and you receive a "CreateClusterNameCOIfNotExists (6783): Unable to set password on <ClusterName$>" error message. This hotfix is included in Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1).
 

Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Clusters

In addition to the updates listed above, the following Microsoft Knowledge Base articles describe currently available fixes that are highly recommended to be installed on Hyper-V failover clusters. These updates target reliability improvements when backing up virtual machines on Hyper-V failover clusters.

 
Date that update was added Related Knowledge Base article Title Component Why we recommend this update
June 21, 2017 3145384 MinDiffAreaFileSize registry value limit is increased from 3 GB to 50 GB in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2 Volsnap.sys Describes an update that increases the MinDiffAreaFileSize registry key value limit from 3 GB to 50 GB in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Before you install this update, see the “Prerequisites” section. Includes the fix from 3060678. Available from Windows Update or for individual download from Microsoft Update Catalog. To apply this update, you must first install the update 2919355 on Windows Server 2012 R2.
September 15, 2015 3063283 Update to improve the backup of Hyper-V Integrated components in Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Integration Services Increases the time-out to detect the volumes to shadow copy when the Guest OS has multiple volumes. Available for individual download. To apply this update, you must first install the update 2919355 on Windows Server 2012 R2.

 

References


For more information about the recommended hotfixes and updates for Windows Server 2012-based Hyper-V servers and Windows Server 2012-based Failover Clusters, see:

2784261 Recommended hotfixes and updates for Windows Server 2012-based Failover Clusters