Managing Storage Spaces Direct

Applies To: Windows Server 2016

Managing Storage Spaces Direct

This topic provides resources that help you manage a Storage Spaces Direct cluster. Storage Spaces Direct is a Windows Server-based storage solution that uses industry-standard servers with local-attached drives to create highly available, highly scalable software-defined storage.

When managing Storage Spaces Direct, you can use Windows PowerShell, System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) and Operations Manager, and/or Failover Cluster Manager.

Resources for managing Storage Spaces Direct

Tools for managing Storage Spaces Direct

After you've deployed your storage, some of the management tasks you'll perform include monitoring for failed physical disks or other issues, replacing disks that fail, and updating firmware and drivers. See the following table for common management options.

Tool Advantages Disadvantages
Windows PowerShell - Complete control over all aspects of storage
- Can automate by writing scripts
- Powerful example scripts available
- Better for management than visually monitoring overall storage health.
- Scripts require development and testing
System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) & Operations Manager - Easy to use
- Graphical displays for monitoring multiple systems
- Alerting for common problems
- Common tool for managing VMs and storage
- Some tasks require Windows PowerShell
- Requires System Center licenses
- Might require additional infrastructure if you don't already have System Center or are deploying at a scale that's greater than your existing deployment can handle
Failover Cluster Manager & Server Manager - Easy to use
- Graphical displays for monitoring
- Some tasks require Windows PowerShell
- Slow automatic refreshes in Server Manager when working with storage
- Performance and usability decreases with large numbers of objects

For more info about using VMM with Storage Spaces Direct, see Manage Storage Spaces Direct in VMM, and Manage storage in Storage Spaces Direct in the VMM fabric.

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