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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

Creating a Windows 2016 Installer on a USB Drive

Windows Server 2016 can be installed in a similar fashion as the last several releases. In this example we will create a bootable USB drive with Windows Server 2016 available to install. The classic method of creating a Windows Installation USB drive ... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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