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If you have more than 3 nodes in a Server 2008 Failover Cluster and upgrade to 2008 R2 SP1 you might get some problem. HOTFIX is available.

Validate SCSI Device Vital Product Data (VPD) test fails after you install Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

Hotfix Download Available View and request hotfix downloads//



Consider the following scenario:

  • You configure a failover cluster that has three or more nodes that are running Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1).
  • You have cluster disks that are configured in groups other than the Available Storage group or that are used for Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV).
  • These disks are online when you run the Validate SCSI Device Vital Product Data (VPD) test or the List Potential Cluster Disks storage validation test.

In this scenario, the Validate SCSI Device Vital Product Data (VPD)test fails. Additionally, you receive an error message that resembles the following:

Failed to get SCSI page 83h VPD descriptors for cluster disk <number> from <node name> status 2

The List Potential Cluster Disksstorage validation test may display a warning message that resembles the following:

Disk with identifier <value> has a Persistent Reservation on it.  The disk might be part of some other cluster.  Removing the disk from validation set.


The following hotfix resolves an issue in which the storage test incorrectly run…


The following hotfix resolves an issue in which the storage test incorrectly runs on disks that are online and not in the Available Storage group.
The error and warning messages that are mentioned in the “Symptoms” section may also occur because of other issues such as storage problems or an incorrect configuration. Therefore, you should investigate other events, check the storage configuration, or contact your storage vendor if this issue still occurs after you install the following hotfix.

Hotfix information

// 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.
If the hotfix is available for download, there is a “Hotfix download available” section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, submit a request to Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.
NoteIf additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to  create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
NoteThe “Hotfix download available” form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.


// To apply this hotfix, you must be running Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

Registry information

// To use the hotfix in this package, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

// You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

// This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

File information

// The global version of this hotfix installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.
Windows Server 2008 R2 file information notes
// ImportantWindows 7 hotfixes and Windows Server 2008 R2 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, hotfixes on the Hotfix Request page are listed under both operating systems. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both operating systems, select the hotfix that is listed under “Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2” on the page. Always refer to the “Applies To” section in articles to determine the actual operating system that each hotfix applies to.
  • The files that apply to a specific product, SR_Level (RTM, SPn), and service branch (LDR, GDR) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table.
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    Version Product SR_Level Service branch
    6.1.760 1. 17xxx Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 GDR
    6.1.760 1. 21xxx Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 LDR
  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the “Additional file information for Windows Server 2008 R2” section. MUM and MANIFEST files, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are extremely important to maintain the state of the updated components. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2
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File name File version File size Date Time Platform
Failoverclusters.agent.interop.dll 6.1.7601.17514 11,776 20-Nov-2010 13:39 x64
Failoverclusters.validation.bestpracticetests.dll 6.1.7601.21710 131,072 22-Apr-2011 19:59 x86
Failoverclusters.validation.common.dll 6.1.7601.21710 15,872 22-Apr-2011 19:59 x86
Failoverclusters.validation.generaltests.dll 6.1.7601.21710 278,528 22-Apr-2011 19:59 x86
Failoverclusters.validation.storagetests.dll 6.1.7601.21710 165,376 22-Apr-2011 19:59 x64
Failoverclusters.validation.wizard.dll 6.1.7601.21710 163,840 22-Apr-2011 19:59 x86
For all supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2
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File name File version File size Date Time Platform
Failoverclusters.agent.interop.dll 6.1.7601.17514 11,776 20-Nov-2010 10:35 IA-64
Failoverclusters.validation.bestpracticetests.dll 6.1.7601.21710 131,072 22-Apr-2011 18:56 x86
Failoverclusters.validation.common.dll 6.1.7601.21710 15,872 22-Apr-2011 18:56 x86
Failoverclusters.validation.generaltests.dll 6.1.7601.21710 278,528 22-Apr-2011 18:56 x86
Failoverclusters.validation.storagetests.dll 6.1.7601.21710 178,176 22-Apr-2011 18:56 IA-64
Failoverclusters.validation.wizard.dll 6.1.7601.21710 163,840 22-Apr-2011 18:56 x86

Additional file information


Additional file information for Windows Server 2008 R2


Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2


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File name Amd64_c2ba436ef182e0a5928c7085a1c15a1c_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21710_none_9ab972a7d49f9cf5.manifest
File version Not applicable
File size 718
Date (UTC) 22-Apr-2011
Time (UTC) 22:46
File name Amd64_microsoft-windows-f..rcluster-validation_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21710_none_8391722feb62e788.manifest
File version Not applicable
File size 6,157
Date (UTC) 22-Apr-2011
Time (UTC) 22:57
Additional files for all supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2


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File name Ia64_10d0cccfb7f4951daa8f04e3b22712cd_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21710_none_00d442193a2cb4e4.manifest
File version Not applicable
File size 716
Date (UTC) 22-Apr-2011
Time (UTC) 22:46
File name Ia64_microsoft-windows-f..rcluster-validation_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21710_none_27747aa233037f4e.manifest
File version Not applicable
File size 6,155
Date (UTC) 22-Apr-2011
Time (UTC) 22:46

12/09/2011 Posted by | Uncategorized, Windows Server | Leave a comment

Information on: Nordic Infrastructure Conference 2012

Welcome to NIC2012!

For the first time, an international infrastructure conference is arranged in Norway.
It will be held Jan 13th – 14th 2012 in Oslo.

Our goal is to create the premier event for all IT-professionals in the Nordics, offering broad technical education on Microsoft and 3. party products, tools and services. Our two day event will focus on deep-dives and practical knowledge on the most used products. This means less slides, more hands-on. We will show you the good and the bad sides, we will show you how to solve the most common tasks and challenges, sharing all our experience from the real world, the tips & the tricks.

So if you are deploying, managing, securing and mobilizing Microsoft solutions, NIC is the place to be. We will focus on the key technologies within current and soon-to-be released products, helping you to better solve today’s IT-challenges, and preparing for tomorrow’s innovations.

You can follow us at Twitter: #NICconf

And on Facebook/NICconf

Oslo Spektrum, Oslo

Welcome to Oslo – the capitol of Norway, and to Oslo Spektrum which lies in the very centre.

NIC2012 will be held in the very centre of Oslo, at Oslo Spektrum. Today, some 70 per cent of the public performances presented at Oslo Spektrum are cultural and entertainment events. For most people, the arena is probably associated with large-scale concerts and shows featuring international performers.

Conferences/congresses and corporate events have also become increasingly important for Oslo Spektrum. International arrangements as ESSKA, Norwegian State Railways’ 150th Anniversary celebrations and Orkla’s 350th Anniversary celebrations provide good examples of this. The arena is used for plenary sessions and exhibitions, supplemented by smaller conference suites and rooms at the hotels, thus providing a full range of facilities for organisers of events of this nature.

The location of the building, a short walk from public transport nodes and 2,000 hotel rooms makes Oslo Spektrum an attractive city centre alternative for congresses and trade fairs. There are numerous multi-storey parking facilities in the vicinity of the concert arena. The nearest overnight accommodation can be found at the Radisson Blue Plaza Hotel, Terminal, Thon Hotels, Clarion Hotel Royal Christiania and Oslo hotels.

Speakers at NIC2012

Jimmy Andersson

Chief Architect Microsoft, Crayon AB
Reviewer/Technical PM/Architect

Speaker bio

Jimmy Andersson has been awarded the title MVP (Most Valuable Professional) by Microsoft Redmond the last twelve years for his work with Windows Server and Security. Jimmy focus on Directory Services and there are only a few people in the world in this MVP group. In April 2005 he was also awarded Secondary Security MVP by the Security Business Unit at Microsoft, secondary means that he still focuses on Active Directory but is proficient in the security area.

He frequently speaks at conferences and seminars around the world. Often he is hired to do high-end training for consultants/companies that already have taken all the MOC courses. For those sessions he writes his own training materials and it can be based on client specific requirements if needed. The usual role Jimmy gets as a consultant is Reviewer/Technical PM/Architect, his extensive experience with enterprise projects has given him the know-how which is important to make it a successful project.

Jimmy is often hired by Microsoft as external Directory Services expert when their customers are starting AD migrations/consolidations and also when they need reviews of existing environments and troubleshooting. The length of these contracts varies from hours to months depending on his availability and their needs. He is also the co-author of the MS Press book: Windows Server 2008 Security Resource Kit.

Kent Agerlund

Coretech A/S
Enterprise Administrator

Speaker bio

Kent Agerlund lives in Denmark and travels the world as a Senior Configuration Manager, consultant and Trainer for Coretech A/S. Kent has been working with SMS since 1996 and as a trainer since 1992. Kent is a Microsoft Configuration Manager MVP and certified MCSA/MCSE/MCTS/MCITP Enterprise Administrator/MCT.

Ingar Kopperud

System Center  Configuration Manager

Speaker bio

Ingar Kopperud is a senior consultant, working with system management products since 1999 and within Crayon since 2005.

Ingar primarily works with System Center Configuration Manager and Microsoft Deployment where he has followed the evolution since SMS 2003 with OSDFP and BDD Enterprise. Ingar has designed and deployed Configuration Manager and OS deployment solutions for many companies, including some of the largest in public and private sector, in the Nordics

Mark Arnold

Microsoft applications on network storage

Speaker bio

Mark Arnold is a Consulting Systems Engineer for NetApp, specializing in Microsoft applications on the NetApp platform. He has worked for a variety of system integrators and NetApp partners in the United Kingdom and now advises NetApp customers and partners in the Pennsylvania tri-state area on how to get the best from their Microsoft applications on NetApp storage. He is active in the Exchange community forums and has been a Microsoft MVP for Exchange server since 2001.

Jan Egil Ring

Senior consultant

Speaker bio

Jan Egil Ring is a senior consultant, trainer, speaker, and Windows PowerShell MVP at Crayon Norway. He maintains a blog where he shares scripts and writes about different technologies that he works with. He is also a contributor to the Microsoft Technology User Group (MTUG) in Norway.

Ronald Beekelaar

Independent consultant
Virtual Server, VM optimization, IPSec, ISA Server

Speaker bio

Ronald Beekelaar is an independent consultant from The Netherlands, with extensive experience in Windows Server security, network infrastructure design, and virtual machine technology.

He is a frequent presenter at international industry events including Microsoft TechEd, covering topics related to the Microsoft Forefront products, and Server virtualization (Hyper-V). Ronald built a Hyper-V lab hosting solution that is used by Microsoft to run and host the hands-on-labs at all large public Microsoft events, such as MMS, TechEd, SharePoint Conference, etc. Ronald is MCSE, MCT, and MVP in both Windows Security and Virtual Machine technology.

Brian Komar

IdentIT Inc
Public Key Infrastructure

Speaker bio

Brian Komar is the president of IdentIT Inc., a consulting firm specializing in Public Key Infrastructure design and implementation and identity integration solutions. Brian partners with Microsoft on several ventures, authoring material for Microsoft’s Prescriptive Architecture Guides, writing PKI white papers for Microsoft’s Security team, and working as a principal consultant for the Microsoft Center of Excellence enterprise PKI design engagements.

Brian is a frequent speaker at IT industry conferences such as Microsoft Tech•Ed, Microsoft IT Forum, and Windows IT Pro Magazine Connections.

Brian Desmond

Active Directory and Exchange

Speaker bio

Brian Desmond is an Industry recognized Active Directory and Exchange expert with diverse global background.

Over the past several years, Brian has had the opportunity to design, implement, and manage Active Directory, Exchange, and Identity Lifecycle Manager solutions for customers across the public sector, K-12 and higher education, manufacturing, and pharmaceuticals verticals ranging up to 500,000 seats in size.

He will share his knowledge with us during NIC2012. Check out for more information about Brian.

Johan Arwidmark

Enterprise Windows Deployment Solutions

Speaker bio

Johan Arwidmark is the Chief Technical Architect with Knowledge Factory. He is a consultant, author and all-around geek specializing in Enterprise Windows Deployment Solutions.

Johan speaks at several conferences each year, including MMS and TechEd around the world. He is also actively involved in deployment communities like and, and he has been awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in Setup & Deployment.

Johan is known for an energetic and humorous style, tackling complex concepts using simple “Real World” scenarios and lots of live demos. His areas of expertise include: Enterprise Windows Deployment Tools and Solutions, MDT, WinPE, USMT, WDS, and ConfigMgr.

Thomas Lee


Speaker bio

Thomas Lee is a veteran PowerShell MVP who has been involved in the PowerShell community since the very beginning. He provides training and consultancy around a range of Microsoft products, with a recent focus on PowerShell and Lync Server.Thomas delivers PowerShell training courses around the world, and has been a speaker at conferences across the globe for the past decade. In his spare time, he lives with his wife, daughter, and wine cellar in a small cottage in the UK.

Ståle Hansen

Atea Norway
Unified Communications

Speaker bio

Ståle Hansen is a Unified Communications Architect at Atea Norway. The last six years he has been able to focus on LCS, OCS, Lync, Exchange 2003/2007/2010 and now Office 365.  As a member of Microsoft Speakers Community in Norway he is a frequent speaker with both technical and business perspectives. Ståle is an MCT and a Lync MVP and has co-authored a Lync Administration and Troubleshooting deep dive course at He also maintains a blog where he shares notes from the field at

Kristian Nese

Uni Micro AS
Cloud computing

Speaker bio

Kristian Nese works as a CIO and Scientist at Uni Micro AS. A core part of his job is to design, architect, and implement cloud computing to support business requirements and to evaluate the latest and best technology available. Kristian has been working with Hyper-V, System Center Virtual Machine Manager, and Windows Azure since the early beta-days and has several certifications. He is often used by Microsoft both national and global as a speaker and writer on cloud computing. 2011 he received the Microsoft MVP award on System Center Virtual Machine Manager.

Joachim Nässlander

Senior Solution Architect

Speaker bio

Joachim Nässlander has over 15 years experience working with Microsoft infrastructure. In his position as a Senior Solution Architect at Dell, he’s responsible for designing solutions within both infrastructure and end user computing for both private companies and the public sector in Sweden. He mostly works with Cluster, Hyper-V, SCCM and SCVMM, and has a strange interest in Server Core. He has co-authored a whitepaper on remote administration of Server Core and is currently writing a book about Server Core. He regularly speaks on various topics for both Microsoft and other companies. He is a member of Microsoft Extended Expert Team (MEET) and a Microsoft MVP in Cluster / High Availability.

Lasse Pettersson

Unified Communications

Speaker bio

Lasse work  as a senior Unified Communications  Consultant, specializing in Exchange, Lync and Office Communication Server. He started in the computer business 25 years ago writing software. He has worked with Exchange since version 5. He does all kind of jobs with Exchange and Lync, installations, migrations, upgrades, troubleshooting, and teaching. Lasse is also a long time Exchange server MVP.

Magnus Lindkvist


Speaker bio

Magnus Lindkvist is working at Microsoft as Chief Security Advisor (CSA). Magnus is a Microsoft veteran with a technical background in support and infrastructure solutions. Magnus work as a CSA primarily is around giving customers advises around security process, technologies and cloud solutions. Magnus has also worked at Microsoft corporation in Redmond as program manager at Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC). At MSRC Magnus was responsible for all the security updates around Windows and Office.

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