SCOM (cluster state?) monitoring causes high cpu usage by clussvc.exe

Dirk Hondong 861 Reputation points

Hi everyone,
I'm trying to resolve a high CPU condition on a 2 node Windows Server 2012R2 cluster hosting a SQL Server 2016 Availability group.
On the virtual servers with 4 vCPUs nothing really special happens . But the clussvc.exe causes 2 vCPUs to stay at 50% usage each.
When I deactivate the cluster state monitoring in SCOM the CPU usage drops a few minutes later to almost 0% for clussvc.exe

Did anyone had the same issue or has an idea what exactly causes clussvc.exe to go crazy?

I am not a SCOM expert (more the SQL Server guy) but I'd like to get this solved / explained. I do not want to burn CPU time for nothing.


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  1. Dirk Hondong 861 Reputation points

    Ok, I think I have found the answer / solution by myself.

    As I have stated out I had a lot of errors and warnings in the failover cluster log which you can access through event manager.

    The next hint was this old technet post
    where Erland stated out that NT Authority\network service did not had sufficient rights.
    I checked the properties of my cluster object from Failover cluster manager and the network service only had Read Access.
    With the powershell cmd Grant-ClusterAccess "NT Authority\Network Service" -Full
    the high CPU usage turned from clussvc to the WMI Provider. Putting both nodes then in maintenance mode for a few minutes and then let Health Monitor resume its work did the trick.
    No high CPU usage anymore.


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