Our ebay development S2D cluster

During this summer i decided i wanted to test out Storage Spaces Direct. TP5 was out and i was quite eager to test it out. Now it’s been upgraded to RTM with cluster rolling upgrade. Rember to run Update-ClusterFunctionalLevel after.

So i look arround on ebay for some servers and other items i needed to buy. I ended up with the list under all in 4x

  • HP DL380 G6 16 bay 128GB mem, 2x4core Intel CPU HP P420
  • HP H220
  • MellanoX ConnectX3 MCX312A-XCBT
  • Intel 750 NVME PCIe
  • 2x Kingston SSDNow V310 for caching(Replacing with Samsung SM863)
  • 6x WD Red NAS 1tb 2.5″
  • Dell Force Ten S4810P (Already had)

The price for all this without the switches and cables was about 90 000 nok, about 10 000 USD.

I cabled the HP H220 to controll the 2nd 8 bay HDD cage so give the HBA mode for the SSD and HDD. And 2 HP drives for OS in raid 0

I followed the guides from

For S2D setup


For RDMA setup on S4810P


I setup managment over the 4 1GB netcards on the server. I will just post the powershell commands directly.



For the config on the server for RDMA and so on use these powershell commands




Check to see if HDD has been set as capacity tier

If not run this command


Time to set volume


enable CSV cache



This is how it will look in failover cluster manager


3 thoughts on “Our ebay development S2D cluster

  • February 9, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    What type of performance are you getting from this hardware?

    • February 10, 2017 at 6:22 pm

      Pretty good. Have not run a vmfleet test on it. But have run 8 vm’s with diskpeed. And gotten about 550k iops. Så not to dissapointed. Old san maxed out at 2000 iops 😉

      • March 10, 2017 at 9:24 pm


        Thanks for the info, plan on building a small one myself and wanted to see what I can expect!


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