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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 steps will be performed routinely by your operations.

Add the Storage Pool

We will take the Storage Pool created previously and add this to the cluster.

Select Pools > Add Storage Pool

In the wizard, select the Pool you created earlier and click OK.

Add Storage Pool as Cluster Resource

The pool will now be registered inside the Cluster Manager console.

Storage Pool Registered to Cluster

The pool will now be registered inside the Cluster Manager console.

Add Virtual Disk to Cluster

We will add the Virtual Disk created earlier as a cluster resource. In the example below, several disks are found which can potentially added as a resource. Storage Spaces Virtual Disks appear to the cluster like a physical disk, so in the example several spare disks as well as the Virtual Disk appear.

From the Failover Cluster Manager console, select Disks > Add Disk

On the Add Disk wizard, select only the disks from the list that will be added to the cluster.  In this case, we have only selected the Virtual Disk which was created earlier.  The other disks will likely be used inside your pool, so they should not be registered as a cluster resource.

Add Virtual Disk as Cluster Resource

You can recognize the Virtual Disk by the Disk Number or potentially by the disk size.

In this example, one disk will be allocated as a quorum disk in this document, but can also be added to the pool of an external SMB share is used as a Quorum share.

Note: If using an external SMB share for Quorum, the SMB share must not be hosted internally by this storage system, but must be hosted by another storage system.

Virtual Disk added to Cluster

The Virtual Disk has been added to the cluster as “Cluster Disk 6”.

Rename Virtual Disk on Cluster

Next we will rename this cluster reference to make the system simpler to manage.

Rename Virtual Disk on Cluster

Select Cluster Disk 6 > Properties

Rename Virtual Disk on Cluster Properties

Change the Name: Cluster Disk 6 to VMSpace1.

Now the Virtual Disk “VMSpace1” is simple to identify inside the Cluster Manager console.

Note: Select the actual Virtual Disk name you created.

Additional References

Microsoft’s Storage Spaces Overview provides an introduction to the software defined storage solution for Windows Server 2016. For an technical overview refer to Storage Spaces Direct in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview. Technical details can be found in the article Hyper-converged solution using Storage Spaces Direct in Windows Server 2016.

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