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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

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

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

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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