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[UPDATE 1/15/2013]: See problems reported after installing this hotfix at end of this forum post. I have opened a line with the product team to find out what is going on
[UPDATE 2/15/2013]: We are now exactly 1 month after I warned you to be very careful with installing http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2799728/en-us as it caused a severe memory leak. If you have followed the forum post mentioned above, you will have gathered that Microsoft has worked feverishly to get on top of the problem. Mike Jacquet who has been very communicative about this issue, has today confirmed that a fix is now code complete, has been fully tested and is only waiting for the KB article to be written.
The memory leak was caused by a fault found in the CSV filter driver (CSVFLT.sys). When the fix arrives (any time now), you can simple install it whether you have applied the hotfix mentioned in this blog or not. The original kb article will be superseded by this one.
[UPDATE 2/17/2013]: The hotfix is available from http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2813630/en-us
[UPDATE 2/18/2013]: If you are still seeing a problem, take a look at this (which is an excerpt from the forum post mentioned above:
“Cluster Shared Volume ‘Volume2′ (‘ClusterStorage Volume 2′) is no longer available on this node because of ‘STATUS_CLUSTER_CSV_AUTO_PAUSE_ERROR(c0130021)’. All I/O will temporarily be queued until a path to the volume is reestablished.
STATUS_CLUSTER_CSV_AUTO_PAUSE_ERROR is generated when csvfs filter attempts to retrieve the Copy On Write bitmap for a snapshot volume that has been cleaned up. This error is most likely occurring on large scale hyper-v deployments and is one of the issues we discover after fixing other scale out problems addressed in the V2 fix. Due to ongoing long haul testing required to be done, we did not want to hold up V2 of the fix that we just released, so the Windows group will release a more compressive V3 patch a little later to address that and other issues found during large scale testing.
For any customers still experiencing the same symptoms as outlined in KB2813630 after installing the fix, please check binary versions on all nodes.
File name File version File size Date
====== ========= ====== ====
Csvflt.sys 6.2.9200.20626 205,824 06-Feb-2013
Clussvc.exe 6.2.9200.20623 7,217,152 07-Feb-2013
Ntfs.sys 6.2.9200.20623 1,933,544 07-Feb-2013
If Binaries are correct on all nodes, please open a support case so we can investigate the issue further.”
Altaro just launched Altaro Hyper-V Backup 3.5 with the following support:
- Windows Server 2012 Support, including support for VHDX files.
- Windows 2012: support for backup and restore of VMs located on SMB 3.0 network paths.
- Windows 2012: support for Volume Shadow Copies of SMB 3.0 network paths.
- Windows 2012: support for CSV 2.0 and scale-out SMB 3.0 file shares.
- New and improved ‘Metro’-Style User Interface.
From the press release:
Review of Altaro Hyper-V Backup 3.5
notice: Altaro are giving away two Nexus 7’s to testers of their Hyper-V backup for Windows Server 2012 beta. Check out all the details at the bottom of this blog
The crew at Hyper-V.nu were offered a first glance of Altaro Hyper-V Backup back in May 2011. We agreed to do a review of the beta version of the product. That particular version of the beta did not have support for Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) and we provided feedback to Altaro about this shortcoming. As our Great Big Hyper-V Survey of 2011 showed, over 94% of users with Hyper-V clusters use CSV. We were pleasantly surprised how quickly Altaro responded by adding support for CSV in one of their next beta’s. So we did a second review testing the backup and recovery of guests living on cluster shared volumes on a Hyper-V R2 SP1 cluster.
Since then Altaro released their RTM of version 2, version 3 and v3.1 which have continued to add functionality, ease and performance. You can find a change log of Altaro Hyper-V Backup here: http://wiki.altaro.com/releases/change-log-for-altaro-hyper-v-backup
One noticeable improvement in version 3 was installation of the product on a cluster. When on a cluster the application could detect each node and configure them during the installation. You only needed to install Altaro Hyper-V Backup on one node and it would then automatically deploy modules on all other cluster nodes. Additionally, the administrator was able to manage all guests across all nodes from a single console. This meant that all backups, restores and configuration could be done from one centralized console. In a cluster environment all guests could be backed up to a single backup target such as a USB drive, a NAS or a disk on a SAN. Even when guests moved around in the cluster, Altaro Hyper-V Backup would take care of that.
By using a technique called ReverseDelta, incremental backups could be made at tremendous speed. The last version introduced ReverseDelta v2 which made incremental backups at least 300% faster.
Version 3 of Altaro Hyper-V backup also dealt with one of CSV’s shortcomings: redirected access during backup operations (backup node claiming ownership of disk and redirecting I/O across the CSV network for all other nodes for that CSV disk). A new scheduling feature called ‘Scheduling Groups’ was introduced which allowed a quick and easy drag & drop of Hyper-V guests to one or more defined Scheduling Groups. It would group guests on the same CSV together in order to decrease time required in redirected access mode. If you are a Data Protection Manager user, you will appreciate this feature as DPM does not do this for you automatically. It is also quite time consuming to even select multiple Hyper-V guests for backup and add them to their Protection Group.
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I expect many of you have tried out the new version of VMM 2012 that will be generally available before long. It is an incredible piece of software that I have blogged about several times just after the first general beta since it arrived about one year ago. But there is one thing it cannot do: manage Windows Server ‘8’.
Now that the bits of Windows Server 8 are available to everyone, it is very good news that Microsoft has released the Community Technology Preview (CTP) of System Center 2012 for Windows Server ‘8’ Beta support. The focus of this CTP is on VMM and DPM in combination with Hyper-V and is therefore not aimed to work with all the other System Center 2012 modules. It essentially focuses on managing the fabric of your private cloud including Windows Server ‘8’.
These are the capabilities you can try out:
- Hyper-V Network virtualization
- Hyper-V VM’s on an SMB2.2 file share (on a Windows 8 file server or scale out file cluster)
- VHDX format
- Live Storage Migration
- Live Migration without shared storage
- VM protection on CSV 2.0 volumes
- VM protection on remote SMB2.2 file shares
- Protection of de-dup enabled file share volumes
System Center 2012 CTP for Windows Server ‘8’ Beta Support can be downloaded here:
Remember that this CTP is not even beta so only run this in a test environment!