vWorkspace Hyper-v with tiered storage pools – Part1

Hi Everyone,

In the next two blogs I will try to give you a guide for Hyper-v in vWorkspace. This setup will give us the advantage of tiered storage and hypercache. In this first part I will tell how to configure you’re hypervisors. In part 2 I will talk about configuring vWorkspace.

For the hypervisor servers we followed the Dell guide for 95%. Dell talks about normal storage, and we will use tiered storage pools in windows.
Our server config: (Dell R720)
– 8x 600Gb 10k (two disks for OS)
– 2x 200Gb SSD 6Gb/s
– 256Gb memory
– 2x 10core (Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2690 v2)

After I installed windows 2012 R2 (Raid-1). I configured all disk as a single virtual disk otherwise you cannot create a proper tiered storage pool in Windows.
Offcourse we are not going to click ini the open manage, I will use the commandline tool from open manage.

omconfig storage controller action=createvdisk controller=0 raid=r0 size=max pdisk=0:1:0 diskcachepolicy=enabled
Note: Repeat this line for each disk you want to use in you storage pool. Change the pdisk value!

The result will look like this:

Leave the disks this way. Storage Pools will do the rest!
So after I created 8 virtual disks we can start to create the storage pool.

Configure a Tiered Storage Pool: (in PowerShell of course)

The result will look like this:

The disk is almost ready! The disk must be configured properly.

Ok the storage is configured!

Now can go to the next step, configuring the network on your server.

We have 4 nic’s in the server. Three of them will be a LACP trunk for the RDS traffic. The last one will be used for backup.

The LACP trunk is needed because each customer will get his own vlan.

Here is the code to create the team:

Now we can start installing and configuring Hyper-v.


Or you can follow the screenshots



Select the correct server

Enable Hyper-v checkbox

Enable management tools checkbox, add features

This is the result of the last enabled checkbox


We configure this later!


Choose your own file location

Yes, install

Ok, after the server is rebooted and Hyper-v install is completed we can create a virtual switch.

Ok, Hyper-v is ready for use. Now we can start with VM’s on hyper-v

Create the first VM:

Dell vWorkspace recommends a specific disk configuration for your vhd/vhdx.

Alright then, Part 1 is done. If I’m correct you will have a functioning Hyper-v environment on tiered storage!

See you at part 2!

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