Virtualized Domain Controller Nightmare on Nutanix Hyper-V Cluster

December 27, 2016 at 9:00 am 2 comments

Hi Guys

We recently deployed a Hyper-V  Nutanix Cluster , and everything looked fine until we hit the wall. For some reasons if the VM(Domain Controllers)  go down you will not be able to power it on . The reason behind this that the Hyper-V Cluster on Nutanix uses SMB3 based share as the shared storage . Unless  the Hypervisor is able to authenticate the access to the SMB3 share is blocked. In our case it was not possible because the 2 DC VM’s were powered off and unable to power it on.(Chicken and Egg situation)

Error Message I received:

error1 error2 error3

The below Nutanix article explains the below:


So the conclusion is that you must need either a physical domain controller or a DC VM that does not sit on the SMB3 share. Hopefully the Windows 2016  may come up with a solution for this scenario.

Update1: As a last resort , I changed the Virtual disk path from on the DC VM from the FQDN  of the cluster name to the IP address of the cluster , voila I was able power it on the 2 VM’s(but I do not have any clue how this has worked)


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Rod Rostek  |  August 15, 2018 at 1:04 pm

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  • 2. Kiersten Pellissier  |  August 20, 2018 at 1:20 am

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