On Saturday, March 24, 2018,  Microsoft has updated the Hardware requirements for Storage Spaces Direct page to clarify direct-attached external enclosures supported with Storage Spaces Direct for HCI Clusters.

S2D Base requirements

  • All systems, components, devices, and drivers must be Certified for Windows Server 2016 per the Windows Server Catalog.
  • The fully configured cluster (servers, networking, and storage) must pass all cluster validation tests per the wizard in Failover Cluster Manager or with the Test-Cluster cmdlet in PowerShell.

Drives and Drives interconnect

Storage Spaces Direct works with direct-attached SATA, SAS, or NVMe drives that are physically attached to just one server each. For more help choosing drives, see the Choosing drives topic.


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