Asymmetric Hyper-V Cluster
- (2) Hyper-V Nodes with single SAS HBA
- (1) Dual Port SAS JBOD (must support SES-3)
In this scenario one should split the storage up three ways.
- 1GB-2GB for Witness Disk
- 49.9% CSV 0
- 49.9% CSV 1
We use two CSVs in this setup so as to assign 50% of the available storage to each node. This shares the I/O load. Keep this in mind when looking to deploy this type of cluster into a client setting as well as the need to make sure all paths between the nodes and the disks are redundant (dual SAS HBAs and a dual expander/controller JBOD).
Symmetric Hyper-V Cluster with Scale-Out File Services
- (2) Scale-Out File Server Nodes with single SAS HBA
- (1) Dual Port SAS JBOD
- (2) Hyper-V Nodes
Lab HardwareThe HP MicroServer would be one option for server nodes. Dell C1100 1U off-lease servers can be found on eBay for a song. Intel RS25GB008 or LSI 6Gb SAS Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) are also easily found.
For the JBOD one needs to make sure the unit supports the full compliment of SAS commands being passed through to the disks. To run with cluster two SAS ports that access all of the storage installed in the drive bays is mandatory.
The Intel JBOD2224S2DP (WSC SS Site) is an excellent unit to work with that compares feature wise with DataON, Quanta, and the Dell JBODs now on the Windows Server Catalogue Storage Spaces List.
Some HGST UltraStar 100GB and 200GB SAS SSDs (SSD400 A and B Series) can be had via eBay every once in a while for SSD Tier and SSD Cache testing in Storage Spaces. We are running with the HGST product because it is a collaborative effort between Intel and HGST.
Storage TestingFor storage in the lab it is preferred to have at least 6 of the drives one would be using in production. With six drives we can run the following tests:
- Single Drive IOPS and Throughput tests
- Storage Spaces Simple
- Dual Drive IOPS and Throughput tests
- Storage Spaces Simple and Two-Way Mirror
- Three Drive IOPS and Throughput tests
- Storage Spaces Simple, Two-Way Mirror, and Three-Way Mirror
- ETC to 6 drives+
A really good, and in-depth, read on Storage Spaces performance:
- Microsoft Downloads: Achieving Over 1-Million IOPS from Hyper-V VMs in a Scale-Out File Server Cluster Using Windows Server 2012 R2
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