SCVMM 2012: How to use a SMB 3.0 Fileshare as Highly Available storage

In Windows Server 2012, SMB 3.0 file shares can be used as shared storage for Hyper-V, Using Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) in System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) you can assign SMB file shares to Hyper-V stand-alone hosts and host clusters.

  • Navigate to Fabric > Storage

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  • Right click “Storage” and select “Add Storage Devices”

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  • Select: “Add a Windows based file server as managed storage device”SMB3_3
  • Type in the name of your Windows Server 2012 File ServerSMB3_4
  • Verify that your server was detected as a Storage deviceSMB3_6
  • Confirm your choises.

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  • To create a File Share on the newly added storage device, navigate to Fabric > Storage > File Servers > (Right Click) > Select Create File Share.SMB3_8
  • Specify a name for the file share and a local path on the file server where SCVMM should create the share. (Select “Continuosly available” if your you have a clustered file server. Click add to create the file share.

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  • To add the newly created file share to your cluster. Navigate to: “VMs and Services” > Right click your cluster > Select properties.SMB3_10
  • On the “File Share Storage” pane click on the “add button”SMB3_11
  • In the dropdown list, select your newly created file share. Click “OK”.

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  • Next you need to specify a “Run As Account”, Click on the “Browse” button.

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  • Select a run as account. This should not be your SCVMM Service account. If needed create a new account in active directory. SCVMM will use this account to access the share. Permission on the share will be configured by SCVMM.

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Your file server and share is now available as highly available storage in your cluster.  SMB3_16

You can read more about assigning SMB 3.0 file shares in Microsoft’s official documentation library: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj614620.aspx#BKMK_AssignShare

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