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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to Verify Your Hardware is Microsoft Logo Certified

Microsoft has an extensive and active program to certify hardware and software from Microsoft partners.  This certification includes numerous software tests which verify that the hardware or software product works correctly in a Microsoft infrastructure. Components that can be certified ... 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