This problem occurs when the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) service freezes on a node that has the quorum installed. In this situation, all other nodes restart their cluster services automatically, and during this process, the quorum moves to a node on which the WMI service is working. However, Failover Cluster Manager does not connect to the cluster from any node in Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2012.
This problem occurs because, when the WMI service freezes on the node, the system leaks the mutex handle instead of closing the mutex handle.
Hotfix informationA 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.
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PrerequisitesTo install this hotfix, you must have April 2014 update rollup for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (2919355) installed in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2..
Registry informationTo use the hotfix in this package, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.
Restart requirementYou may have to 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.