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Building and Maintaining a Microsoft Cloud

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Get-PhysicalDisks

Storage Spaces Direct Step by Step: Part 1 Core Cluster

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How to deploy S2D on a 4-node cluster. Perform each step in preparation to manage and support the core cluster in a production environment. Part 1 of 4 … Continue Reading
KB2-1-Disk-Error-List

Clearing Disks on Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct

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Clear out old storage pools, virtual disks and meta data left behind on hard drives on Storage Spaces Direct infrastructures … Continue Reading
Ansible Managing Windows Server

Ansible to Manage Windows Servers – Step by Step

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How to manage Windows Servers using Ansible. Deploy a Ansible controlling node on CentOS 7, and configure Windows Server 2016 for management. Create Ansible playbook examples with custom Powershell Ansible modules … Continue Reading
New-VMSwitch Example

Configuring Storage Spaces Direct – Step by Step

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Configuring Storage Spaces Direct on a 4-node cluster. Build the storage pool and tiers automatically. Scan all nodes in the system, and load every disk into a pool with the status CanPool equal to True, then create both Mirror and … Continue Reading
windows server core command line

Storage Spaces Direct on Windows Server Core

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How to setup Windows Server Core with Storage Spaces Direct … Continue Reading
Shutdown the VM

Expanding Virtual HDs managed by Windows Failover Cluster

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How to expand a VHD or VHDx Virtual Hard Drive of Windows Cluster Services hosts … Continue Reading
failover cluster manager console

Storage Spaces Direct Step by Step: Part 2 Troubleshooting

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Testing guidelines for S2D cluster network and storage components in a common configuration. Instructions on health monitoring included. Part 2 of 4 … Continue Reading
Hyper-v RDMA and SET switch network architecture

Storage Spaces Direct Step by Step: Part 3 Network Infrastructure

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Deploying S2D on a 4-node cluster. QoS & Hyper-V virtual adaptors. Switch Enabled Teaming virtual switch & SMB Multipath infrastructure. Part 3 of 4 … Continue Reading

Configure Windows Cluster Quorum Witness

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Clusters with an even number of members are vulnerable to “Split Brain”. The best solution for this is to create a disk or share quorum member … Continue Reading
Configure Storage Spaces Direct on a Virtual Lab - Step by Step

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

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How to configure a Storage Spaces Direct cluster and a hyper-converged Hyper-V on a virtual lab with four storage VMs. The Virtual Lab created becomes a base infrastructure to build into a complete hybrid cloud environment. In this KB article, … Continue Reading
Monitor Storage Spaces Direct Pool Capacity with PowerShell

Monitor Storage Spaces Direct Pool Capacity with PowerShell

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How to monitor Storage Spaces Direct pool capacity using the provided PowerShell script … Continue Reading
PowerShell Command Outputs

Create a Virtual Disk on Storage Spaces Standard

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How to create Multiple Virtual Disks (Spaces) on a single Windows Storage Pool 2012r2 to give the best performance and reliability … Continue Reading
How to Build Windows Storage Spaces Direct on a Virtual Lab

How to Build Windows Storage Spaces Direct on a Virtual Lab

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Step by step instructions to build a Windows Storage Spaces Direct virtual lab on PC. PowerShell script to automate the process … Continue Reading
Cluster Validation Command Output

Create a Two-Node Windows Cluster

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How to create a Two-Node Windows Cluster for storage servers and host Hyper-V VMs … Continue Reading
Powershell Get-PhysicalDisk

Create Storage Pool on Storage Spaces Standard

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How to create a Storage Pool for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Storage Spaces Standard … Continue Reading

System Error 1240 Has Occurred

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System Error 1240 Has Occurred. The Account is Not Authorized to Login from This Station attempting to mount a client to an SMB network share … Continue Reading
Hyperconvergence Lab Overview

Storage Spaces Direct – Lab Environment Setup

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Standard lab setup to test Storage Spaces Direct in a hyperconverged environment … Continue Reading

Windows Cluster and Storage Spaces Prerequisite Roles and Features

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Each cluster member server requires a set of Windows Roles and Features to be installed and configured. Info These prerequisites must be installed on every cluster node. Open a PowerShell window and run the following commands on all nodes.  At … Continue Reading

Configuring Multipath IO on Windows Cluster Systems

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Multipath IO is a software feature that resolves the disk data paths and presents a single path to the system.  When doing the command GET-PHYSICALDISKS and MPIO is installed and functioning, then the physical disks should be displayed correctly regardless … Continue Reading
KB9-Screen-Shot-1

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

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How to fix the 0x80070569 error often found while on a Hyper-V computer … Continue Reading
creating a usb windows installer

Creating a Windows 2016 Installer on a USB Drive

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How to create a bootable USB drive as a Windows Server 2016 installation disc … Continue Reading
KB-18-1

Name the Systems and Join to Windows Domain

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How to join a Storage Spaces cluster to a Windows Domain and rename the nodes … Continue Reading
Create Active Directory User

Supermicro IPMI and Active Directory Integration

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Supermicro IPMI has the ability to use AD to authenticate users without having to add them the IPMI system on each server. Instead of authenticating against the internal IPMI database, it can query AD. Users are identified by a specific … Continue Reading
SoFS Configure Role

Create Scale-Out File System on Windows Cluster

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How to create a Scale-out File System for a Windows Cluster … Continue Reading
Add Storage Pool as Cluster Resource

Add Storage Spaces as a Cluster Resource

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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 … Continue Reading
How to Verify Your Hardware is Microsoft Logo Certified

How to Verify Your Hardware is Microsoft Logo Certified

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How to find if your hardware has been certified by Microsoft … Continue Reading
Configure Network Ports on Windows Clustered Systems

Configure Network Ports on Windows Clustered Systems

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This article covers necessary network configuration to complete the installation of a Windows clustering environment … Continue Reading
DHCP server configuration wizard

New DHCP Server Shows 169.254.xxx.xxx

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How to correct the network binding created by the DHCP configuration wizard … Continue Reading
KB-20-1

Create Scale-Out SMB Shares

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How to create SMB shares on the Windows Scale-Out File Server … Continue Reading
Create the Windows Cluster

Create the Windows Cluster

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How to create a Windows Cluster for domain joined systems … Continue Reading