How to Remove a Node From a Scale-Out File Server in VMM


Updated: May 13, 2016

Applies To: System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager

You can use the following procedure to remove one or more nodes from a Scale-Out File Server cluster by using the Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) console.


Before you begin this procedure, make sure that the following prerequisites are met:

  • The node must be located in a domain that has two-way trust with the domain of the VMM management server.

  • The cluster that you want to remove the node from must have more than one node.

  • All the nodes in the cluster must have the VMM agent installed.

To remove a node from a Scale-Out File Server cluster

  1. Open the Fabric workspace.

  2. In the Fabric pane, expand Storage, and click File Servers.

  3. In the File Servers pane, right-click the file server that the node is part of, and then click Properties.

  4. In the Properties dialog box, skip to the Cluster Nodes page. In the File server nodes list, select the nodes that you want to remove, and click Remove.

  5. Open the Jobs workspace to view the job status. To verify that VMM removed the node from the cluster, in the VMM console, make sure that it is no longer listed as part of the file server.


    A file server cluster can have storage logical units from a storage area network (SAN) unmasked to it. When you remove a node from the cluster, VMM does not mask the storage in that scenario. If the array is managed by VMM, you can open the Properties dialog box of the storage logical unit to remove the initiators that the storage is unmasked to. If the array is not managed by VMM, you can mask the storage by using the vendor’s management tools for your storage array.