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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
Powershell Get-PhysicalDisk

Create Storage Pool on Storage Spaces Standard

Windows Storage Spaces pool is a data structure that groups disks into a pool.  Virtual Disks are carved out of disks within a pool.  Disk failures are also repaired within a storage pool. This procedure applies to Windows Server 2012 R2. For the following ... continue reading
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
Hyperconvergence Lab Overview

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
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
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
Add Storage Pool as Cluster Resource

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
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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
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Configuring Storage Spaces Direct on Windows Server Core

Windows Server Core is a trimmed down version of Windows which has no GUI support. Management of Server Core is accomplished either by command line local to the server, or via GUI utilities from a separate server running Windows GUI ... continue reading