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Configuring Storage Spaces Direct – Step by Step

This article is a simplified walk through for configuring Storage Spaces Direct on a four node cluster running Windows 2016 Technical Preview 5.  TP5 has a new feature set which will build the storage pool and storage tiers automatically. In ... continue reading

Configuring a Windows Cluster Quorum Witness

Computer clusters require 3 or more voting member systems to be stable. A 2-node cluster can become unstable in certain circumstances without a third node or a disk or network share quorum member.   This separate disk or network share acts as ... continue reading

Configure Storage Spaces Direct on a Virtual Lab – Step by Step

Last year Argon Systems created a very popular article Configuring Storage Spaces Direct – Step by Step. That article described the process of building an Storage Spaces Direct hyper-converged cluster on actual hardware servers. We recently published a related article How to Build ... continue reading

Expanding Virtual HDs managed by Windows Failover Cluster

This article explains how to expand a VHD or VHDx Virtual Hard Drive on hosts under the control of Windows Cluster Services while the VM is down or offline. Step 1 - Use Cluster Manager to expand the VHD file ... continue reading

How to Build Windows Storage Spaces Direct on a Virtual Lab

This article describes how to build a Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct virtual lab, step-by-step on a Windows 10 desktop or laptop PC. This virtual lab environment is capable of emulating a complete cluster of storage servers, each with ... continue reading

Add Storage Spaces as a Cluster Resource

This article will show a step-by-step procedure on how to add Storage Spaces storage and disks as a Windows Cluster Resource on Windows Server 2012r2 and 2016 We will use the Failover Cluster Manager instead of PowerShell for the next operations since these same ... continue reading

Create a Two-Node Windows Cluster

This article describes the steps to create a Two-Node Windows 2012r2 Cluster to be used for storage services as well as host Hyper-V VMs. Prerequisites Both nodes should be domain joined Prerequisite Roles and Features installed (see Windows Cluster and Storage ... continue reading

Create Scale-Out File System on Windows Cluster

The Scale-out File System service provides a distributed multi-access service for SMB shares on Windows 2012r2 and 2016.  This allows access to network file shares as a service, so access can migrate from node to node, and in some cases allow simultaneous access ... continue reading

Create Scale-Out SMB Shares

Now we will create SMB shares on the Windows Scale-Out File Server.  Each share will be attached a Virtual Disk. Multiple shares can be created for a Virtual Disk, or you can elect to create only a single share for ... continue reading
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