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

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
Ansible Managing Windows Server

Configuring Ansible to Manage Windows Servers – Step by Step

Introduction Ansible is quickly becoming the dominant DevOps platform for automating software provisioning, configuration management and application deployment in a heterogeneous datacenter and hybrid cloud environment. Ansible has facilities to integrate and manage various technologies including Microsoft Windows, systems with ... continue reading

Hyper-V VMs fail with error 0x80070569 while Starting or Live Migrating

Symptom Virtual Machines on Hyper-V fail with error 0x80070569 to Start, Stop or fail to move (Live Migration or Quick Migration).   Also new Virtual Machines fail.  The error messages may vary, but if running the command:  GPUPDATE /force fixes the situation, ... continue reading
How to Build Windows Storage Spaces Direct on a Virtual Lab

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
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Configuring Storage Spaces Direct Step by Step: Part 1 Core Cluster

Introduction This deployment guide is a replacement to our very popular article that was based on Windows 2016 Technical Preview 5. We've updated the content for Windows Server 2016 and greatly expanded the technical content. Here again we list the steps ... continue reading
Cluster Validation Command Output

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
SuperServer 2028U-TRT+

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
Hyper-v RDMA and SET switch network architecture

Configuring Storage Spaces Direct Step by Step: Part 2 Deployment

Introduction This article is the second of a four part series. Core Cluster Deployment (this article) Management Troubleshooting In Part 1 Core Cluster the base functions of Windows Storage Spaces Direct was described. A storage infrastructure is complex with multiple ... 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