SOFS and File server for general use roles on the same server

Michael Parisi 1 Reputation point
2022-04-04T23:27:06.837+00:00

Any issue with installing both SOFS and File server for general use roles on the same server ? Traditional is used for normal file usage (home directories) etc and SOFS for vhdx files.

Windows Server Clustering
Windows Server Clustering
Windows Server: A family of Microsoft server operating systems that support enterprise-level management, data storage, applications, and communications.Clustering: The grouping of multiple servers in a way that allows them to appear to be a single unit to client computers on a network. Clustering is a means of increasing network capacity, providing live backup in case one of the servers fails, and improving data security.
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  1. Alex Bykovskyi 1,836 Reputation points
    2022-04-05T15:14:37.017+00:00

    Hey,

    You can have multiple shares configured in a Failover Cluster. The following thread should help:
    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/33ca902e-0c4e-494e-bb52-5d7d06fe74f6/how-many-file-server-roles-can-a-single-failover-cluster-have?forum=winserverClustering

    You should be able to configure both SOFS and File Server for General Use on the same cluster. The following guide should help with the configuration:
    https://www.starwindsoftware.com/resource-library/starwind-virtual-san-for-hyper-v-2-node-hyperconverged-scenario-with-windows-server-2016/

    Cheers,

    Alex Bykvoskyi

    StarWind Software

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  2. Limitless Technology 39,476 Reputation points
    2022-04-07T08:57:18.087+00:00

    Hi @Michael Parisi

    I see no reason why they would conflict on the same server. However, they do perform very different roles. SOFS is for the Hyper-V environment and File Server is a role for a virtual server within your VM infrastructure.

    Information about SOFS:

    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/failover-clustering/sofs-overview

    I hope this answers your question.

    Thanks.

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