Manage Storage Spaces Direct in Windows Server 2016 with Windows Admin Center (Preview)

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At Microsoft Ignite 2017, we teased the next-generation in-box management experience for Storage Spaces Direct and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure built on Windows Admin Center, known then as ‘Project Honolulu’. Until now, this experience has required an Insider Preview build of Windows Server 2019. The most consistent feedback we’ve received by far has been to add support for Windows Server 2016.

The Hyper-Converged Cluster Dashboard in Windows Admin Center, version 1804.

The Hyper-Converged Cluster Dashboard in Windows Admin Center, version 1804.

Support for Windows Server 2016

Today, we’re delighted to announce it’s here! With the April update of Windows Admin Center and the latest Cumulative Update of Windows Server 2016, you can now use Windows Admin Center to manage the Hyper-Converged Infrastructure you already have today:

Windows Admin Center brings together compute, storage, and soon networking within one purpose-built, consistent, and interconnected experience. You can browse your host servers and drives; monitor performance and resource utilization across the whole cluster; enjoy radically simple workflows to provision and manage virtual machines and volumes; and much more.

The over 10,000 clusters worldwide running Storage Spaces Direct can now benefit from these capabilities.

Get started

To get started, download Windows Admin Center, the next-generation in-box management tool for Windows Server. It’s free, takes less than five minutes to install, and can be used without an Internet connection.

Then, install the April 17th 2018-04 Cumulative Update for Windows Server 2016, KB4093120, on every server in your Storage Spaces Direct cluster. The Hyper-Converged Infrastructure experience depends on new management APIs that are added in this update.

For more detailed instructions, read the documentation.

Feedback

Windows Admin Center for Hyper-Converged Infrastructure is being actively developed by Microsoft. Although the Windows Admin Center platform is generally available, the Hyper-Converged Infrastructure experience is still in Preview. It receives frequent updates that improve existing features and add new features.

Please share your feedback – let us know what’s working and what needs to be improved.

6 tutorials in under 6 minutes

If you’re just getting started, here are some quick Storage Spaces Direct tutorials to help you learn how Windows Admin Center for Hyper-Converged Infrastructure is organized and works. These videos were recorded with Windows Admin Center version 1804 and an Insider Preview build of Windows Server 2019.

Create volume, three-way mirror
Create volume, mirror-accelerated parity
Open volume and add files
Turn on deduplication and compression
Expand volume
Delete volume

For more things to try, see the documentation.

Let us know what you think!