Event ID 7000: The Cluster Virtual Miniport Driver service failed to start

Scenario:  When troubleshooting cluster related issues,  we found we could not start the cluster service. When we tried to start the service, we found the following entry in the System log:

Event ID: 7000 –  Source:  Service Control Manager

The Cluster Virtual Miniport Driver service failed to start due to the following error: The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it.

Solution:  In our case, the Microsoft Failover Cluster Virtual Adapter was no longer present under Network Adapters (View –> Show Hidden Devices) in the Device Manager.  To reinstall it, perform the following:

  • Click on the server at the top of the device manager
  • Add legacy hardware
  • Install Hardware Manually
  • Select Network Adapters
  • Select Microsoft
  • Select Microsoft failover cluster virtual adapter

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