Setup and Administering Azure Stack HCI using Windows Admin Center (WAC) – Part1

Setup Azure Stack HCI

  1. Validating and create the cluster

Step Detail
1 In this LAB, we will run the cluster validation and create the cluster.
1.1 In Server Manager à Dashboard à Tools à select Failover Cluster Manager

1.2 On Failover Cluster Manager console à click Validate Configuration

1.3 On Before You Begin
à click Next

1.4 On Select Servers or a Cluster
à click Browse

Select the 2 nodes: MYIANLAB-01 and MYIANLAB-02

1.5 On Testing Options
à click Run all tests (recommended)

1.6 On Confirmation à click Next

It will validate the cluster with 2 nodes.

Once done, click View Report

1.9 View the report

Click on each subject to view detail of the report. Once done, you can close the report and back to Summary console.

1.10 On Summary
à select Create the cluster now using the validated nodes

Then click Finish

1.11 On Before you begin, click Next

Then enter the cluster info:

  • Cluster name: s2dcluster
  • Address:

1.12 Unselect the checkbox: Add all eligible storage to the cluster
à Next

1.13 Once creation done, click Finish

1.14 The cluster will be like that

There is no Pool in the cluster

And we have 2 cluster network

  1. Enable Azure Stack HCI

Step Detail
1 The below steps can be implemented on MYIANLAB-01 or MYIANLAB-02
1.1 Check physical disks:

We can check physical disks using Disk Management or by using Powershell:


In the CanPool column, the disks are set to True which means we can group them to a pool

1.2 Enable Cluster Storage Space Direct using PowerShell:

Enable-ClusterStorageSpacesDirect –Verbose

And on Confirm
à enter A to select ” [A] Yes to All

1.43 Once it completed, you can check the report in C:\Windows\Cluster\Reports

Some warnings in the report because we don’t have disks for cache

And now when we check all the disk again, it changes CanPool status from True to False

1.6 A default Pool is created

  1. Configure File share witness on file share

Step Detail
1 We will configure the file share witness with GUI
1.1 Create the folder named witness on server 10.0.010 and share it with read/write

1.2 On Failover Cluster Manager, right-click on s2dcluster à More Actions à Configure Cluster Quorum Settings

1.3 Click Next

1.4 Choose Select the quorum witness

1.5 Select Configure a file share witness

1.6 Click Browse > Browse


1.7 Click Advanced

1.8 Click Find Now > Select MYIANLAB-DC (This is the server which we have share drive)

Click OK

1.9 Click Witness >> Click OK

1.10 View the File Share Path >> Click Next

1.11 Confirm the info then click Next

1.12 On Summary, click Finish

1.13 Back to Failover Cluster manager console to check the witness

2 (Optional)

We can use Powershell to create the file share witness

Using Powershell and run the command:

Set-ClusterQuorum -FileShareWitness \\\witness -Credential (Get-Credential)

3 Check the File Share Witness by access to \\\Witness

  1. Check Cluster status

Step Detail
1 Check Cluster Node status

In Failover Cluster Manager à Nodes

Both Nodes are Up.

2 Check Disks status

There is a Cluster Virtual Disk (ClusterPerformanceHistory) => this one only listed when you enable Azure Stack HCI.

  1. Create a new Volume using Failover Cluster Manager

Step Detail
1.1 In Failover Cluster Manager >> Storage >> Pools >> Click New Virtual Disk

1.2 Select Storage Pool >> click OK

1.3 Create a virtual disk named VirtualDisk01

Enter 50 to create 50Gb disk

1.4 Confirm selections

1.5 View results >> Close

Note: remember to check the “Create a volume when this wizard closes”

1.6 Click Next >>

And Click Next >> Next

1.7 Select “Don’t assign to a driver letter or folder”

1.8 Name the volume: Volume01 >> click Next
1.9 At Completion >> click Close

1.10 In Failover Cluster Manager >> Storage >> Pools >> check the new Cluster Virtual Disk

1.11 Add this Cluster Virtual Disk to Cluster Shared Volumes

Now the Virtual Disk change from Available Storage to Cluster Shared Volume

1.12 Now we have created a new volume using VirtualDisk01