Windows 2019 Insider Preview and Project Honolulu

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I’ve done some tests with the build 17623 and the latest Project Honolulu management interface.
I’ve created a LAB with 3 VMs on VMware ESXi 6.5 with 2 SSD and 3 SATA LUN to test the Hyper-Converged Cluster and Deduplication on Cluster Shared Volumes with ReFS.
The Windows 2019 installation is very quick for both version, with or without Desktop Experience.

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Project Honolulu is very simple to install and use in my management workstation, the user interface is clean but not stable with all browsers.

I’ve used it to add the 3 nodes hci1, hci2, and hci3 as a standalone server and install all the necessary roles (Data Deduplication, File and iSCSI Services, File Server, Hyper-V, Network Controller, Storage Replica, Network Virtualization and Failover Clustering).

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If you try to create a cluster in this configuration you’ll receive some error about the drive compatibility. 

From Powershell, I’ve created a cluster without disks and added them later, as explained in this post http://www.checkyourlogs.net/?p=22141.

I’ve changed few things in the script, the node name, the IP for the static address, the volumes definitions and how to identify the disk to set as HDD (Get-Physicaldisk | where MediaType –eq “Unspecified”| Set-PhysicalDisk –MediaType HDD) because the SSD LUNs was correctly identified.

The 3 volumes created of 400GB in CSVFS_ReFS had PhysicalDiskRedundancy set to 1, deduplication enabled and all the SSDs in the cluster are used as Journal disks.

Now I have an Hyper-Converged Cluster to add to my Project Honolulu console and I started to create VMs.

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Now I’ve tested the resiliency with a down of a cluster node, moving a virtual machine that is receiving files on sharing folders.

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Everything was ok, at the end of Resync and Repair tasks the cluster seems to work correctly but the network usage was very heavy.

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Project Honolulu actually doesn’t cover all the configurations, so you need to use PowerShell for some tasks, Windows 2019 Insider preview instead give me a good feeling and now I’ll try the storage replica to test also this feature of this beta (and basic) Hyper-Converged solution.