- Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.x
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.x
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.x
- Windows Guests with virtio drivers
- After applying optional updates from the December 2015 Microsoft patch cycle, Windows VMs crash with the blue screen of death.
- Not able to detect the boot disk after the latest Windows update.
- At the time of writing, Red Hat is working with Microsoft for an official fix.
- Microsoft has retired this update from Windows Update so this issue should not reappear.
Workaround for the updated Windows VM
- Change the driver to
IDEfor the affected guest machines
Login to RHEV-M => virtual machine => Disks => Edit => IDE
Virt-manager => Disk => Change the Disk bus to IDE
- Boot the guest and uninstall the
SUSE Block Driverwithin the VM
Device Manager => "Show hidden devices in the menu"=> Suse Block Driver for Windows => Uninstall
- Now change the driver back to
virtioand the guest should be able to boot.
Disabling SUSE Block Driver update in existing Windows VMs
- Find the update options
Control Panel => System and Security => Windows Update => Select the link for optional updates available.
Storage Controller => SUSE Block Driver for Windows.
Hide the Update
- Hide it by right-clicking on the line and selecting “Hide Update” from the pop-up menu
- This will hide the SUSE Block Driver for Windows in the future
- The latest Windows update offers
SUSE Block Driverwhich overwrites existing Red Hat virtio driver. . The SUSE driver which installed is incompatible with the KVM based hypervisors which causes this BSOD.
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