Preparation for upgrading your Hyper-V R2 cluster to SP1

Here are a few good links documenting the upgrade of Hyper-V R2 clusters to SP1 including a list of updates and hotfixes related to this combination. Please also read the warning at the end!

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The following spreadsheet filters updates and hotfixes for Hyper-V and Cluster:

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http://hypervnu.blob.core.windows.net/images/2011/04/Hotfixes-and-Security-Updates-included-in-Windows-7-and-Windows-Server-2008-R2-Service-Pack-11.xls

WARNING AND DISCLAIMER:

I would like to stress that upgrading to SP1 is not something that should be taken lightly. Make sure your backups are secure and you know you can restore those backups.

So far our test upgrades have been fairly easy and without any problems. Cluster Validation completed 100% successfully. We are using HP Blade Servers and HP EVA 4400 storage in our testing environment.

I also advise you to make an upgrade plan before performing the actual upgrade. Read all the stuff you can get and document current configuration and check which guests must be upgraded depending on their workloads.

Several reports have reached me with cluster validation errors after the upgrade. If you get these, leave a comment under this blog (with a short description of your server/storage config).

See also this thread on the Windows Server – High Availability (Clustering) Forum about the Cluster Validation errors with SP1:
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverClustering/thread/e67026af-7f9b-4698-9ca7-11853431ed86/

Update 3/29/2011: Problem has been acknowledged by Microsoft. They are working hard to create a fix as soon as possible

2 Comments

  1. Jeroen Kalisvaart's Gravatar Jeroen Kalisvaart
    March 24, 2011    

    Cluster validation fails after installing WIN2008R2 SP1 on first node

    Hi Hans,
    After installing Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 on the first of 5 nodes in our Hyper-V cluster I ran the cluster validation on this node. Before I upgraded this node to SP1 the cluster validation passed all test but after installing SP1 I get several failures under Storage.
    List Potential Cluster Disks
    Disk with identifier 346c3449 has a Persistent Reservation on it. The disk might be part of some other cluster. Removing the disk from validation set
    Disk with identifier 346c3446 has a Persistent Reservation on it. The disk might be part of some other cluster. Removing the disk from validation set
    Disk with identifier 346c3447 has a Persistent Reservation on it. The disk might be part of some other cluster. Removing the disk from validation set
    Disk with identifier 346c3444 has a Persistent Reservation on it. The disk might be part of some other cluster. Removing the disk from validation set
    Disk with identifier e3d87bb6 has a Persistent Reservation on it. The disk might be part of some other cluster. Removing the disk from validation set
    Disk with identifier b5ebe3a5 has a Persistent Reservation on it. The disk might be part of some other cluster. Removing the disk from validation set
    Disk with identifier ca638220 has a Persistent Reservation on it. The disk might be part of some other cluster. Removing the disk from validation set
    Validate Microsoft MPIO-based disks
    Versions of DSM named Microsoft DSM, installed on nodes hprv-01 and hprv-02. do not match
    Versions of DSM named Microsoft DSM, installed on nodes hprv-01 and hprv-03 do not match
    Versions of DSM named Microsoft DSM, installed on nodes hprv-01 and hprv-04 do not match
    Versions of DSM named Microsoft DSM, installed on nodes hprv-01 and hprv-05 do not match
    Versions of DSM named Microsoft DSM, installed on nodes hprv-02 and hprv-01 do not match
    Versions of DSM named Microsoft DSM, installed on nodes hprv-03 and hprv-01 do not match
    Versions of DSM named Microsoft DSM, installed on nodes hprv-04 and hprv-01 do not match
    Versions of DSM named Microsoft DSM, installed on nodes hprv-05 and hprv-01 do not match
    Indicates two revision levels are incompatible

    Validate SCSI device Vital Product Data (VPD)
    An error occurred while executing the test.
    Specified argument was out of the range of valid values.
    Parameter name: percentage
    Have you seen this before and can you give me an advise about what to do

  2. March 24, 2011    

    Jeroen,

    This is exactly what I was looking for. We are monitoring this and will update as soon as possible. If you get the validation errors these will be in clusters with 3 or more nodes.

    Hans

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