Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) Deployment GuidePlanning / Implementation

31 May 2019
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As the high demand for storage continues to accelerate for enterprises in recent years, Lenovo® and Microsoft have teamed up to craft a software-defined storage solution leveraging the advanced feature set of Windows Server 2016 and the flexibility of the Lenovo ThinkSystem™ SR650 rack server and ThinkSystem NE2572 RackSwitch™ network switch.

This solution provides a solid foundation for customers looking to consolidate both storage and compute capabilities on a single hardware platform, or for those enterprises that wish to have distinct storage and compute environments. In both situations, this solution provides outstanding performance, high availability protection and effortless scale out growth potential to accommodate evolving business needs.

This deployment guide provides insight to the setup of this environment and guides the reader through a set of well-proven procedures leading to readiness of this solution for production use. This guide is based on Storage Spaces Direct as implemented in Windows Server 2016.

Table of Contents

Storage Spaces Direct Solution Overview
Solution configuration
Overview of the installation tasks
Configure the physical network switches
Prepare the servers and storage
Install Windows Server 2019
Install Windows Server roles and features
Configure the operating system
Configure networking parameters
Create the Failover Cluster
Enable and configure Storage Spaces Direct
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Change History

Changes in the May 2019 update:

  • Added information regarding Lenovo ThinkAgile MX Certified Nodes for S2D
  • Added relevant information for Windows Server 2019
  • Added information about the Microsoft Azure Stack HCI program for certification
  • Corrected several typos
  • Added missing "vlag enable" command to Example 3 on page 14