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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

Clearing Disks on Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct

This article provides instructions to clear out old storage pools, virtual disks and meta data left behind on hard drives on Storage Spaces Direct infrastructures. Introduction When inserting disk drives into servers, and the disk was pulled from a server which had ... continue reading

Storage Spaces Direct – Lab Environment Setup

This article discusses the lab configuration built to test the features and operation of Windows 2016 Storage Spaces Direct as a complete hyper-converged server infrastructure. Hyper-Converged Lab with Storage Spaces Direct Argon Systems has partnered with hardware technology companies Supermicro and ... 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

Ultimate Performance for Database Storage with Windows Server 2016 and Hyper-converged Infrastructure

Argon Systems has developed the ultimate high-performance storage solution using Storage Spaces Direct on Windows Server 2016. It is an all flash array configured with NVDIMM and NVMe hardware and high speed networking components. Hyper-converged storage technology has been focused on a converged compute ... 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

Windows Cluster and Storage Spaces Prerequisite Roles and Features

Each cluster member server requires a set of Windows Roles and Features to be installed and configured. Note: These prerequisites must be installed on every cluster node. Open a PowerShell window and run the following commands on all nodes.  At ... continue reading