Rhs.exe process crashes during offline of IP address resource in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1


Assume that you have a Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1)-based failover cluster. When a cluster node is shutting down, the Resource Host Monitor (rhs.exe) process that hosts IP address resource crashes with the STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION error, and the cluster resources do not fail over to another node.

Hotfix information

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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.

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To apply this hotfix, you must install Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2.

Registry information

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Restart requirement

You may have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.
File information


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

More Information


This issue occurs because of a race condition between the background worker thread and the thread that takes last cluster IP version 4 (IPv4) addresses offline. The race condition causes rhs.exe process to crash.


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ID articolo: 3078412 - Ultima revisione: 11 ago 2015 - Revisione: 1