Create Scale-Out File System on Windows Cluster

How to create a Scale-out File System for a Windows Cluster.

The Scale-out File System service provides a distributed multi-access service for shares on Windows 2012r2 and 2016.  This allows access to file shares as a service, so access can migrate from node to node, and in some cases allow simultaneous access to single CSV files inside shares.

SoFS Configure Role

In the Manager GUI, select Roles > Configure Role

Select File Server

Select File Server then click next

Select Scale Out File Server

Select Scale-out File Server and then next.

SMB Share Node Name

Select your share node name. This will be used in your SMB file paths. For example: the above Client Access Point would be use in a path as such: \SMB-FS1YourShare


Cick Finish to complete.

Share Default Folder

When complete, there will be a new folder on every node in the : C:ClusterStorageVolume1

There will be a new folder created for each Virtual Disk created. These folders do not contain data directly but are pointers to the spaces on the share disks. Each node will contain this folder which is simply a link to the real storage system.


The Volume1 folder can optionally be renamed to match your Virtual Disk name for easier management. This is usually a good idea.

1 thought on “Create Scale-Out File System on Windows Cluster”

  1. I cant see disk created in clustervolumes.
    And how to access the scale-out storage?
    It give only read access How can i change permission?

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