AD-less S2D cluster bootstrapping - Domain Controller VM on Hyper-converged Storage Spaces Direct


  • Is it a supported scenario to run a AD domain controller in a VM on a hyper-converged S2D cluster? We're looking to deploy a 4-node hyper-converged S2D cluster at a remote site. We would like to run the domain controller for the site on the cluster so we don't need to purchase a 5th server. Will the S2D cluster be able to boot if the network links to the site are down (meaning other domain controllers are not accessible)? I know WS2012 allowed for AD-less cluster bootstrapping but will the underlying mechanics uses for storage access in S2D in WS2016 work without AD? Is this a supported scenario? AD-less S2D cluster bootstrapping?
    • Edited by scottkreel Tuesday, January 31, 2017 4:47 PM
    Tuesday, January 31, 2017 4:01 PM

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  • Hi scottkreel,

    For now, I couldn't find the official documents from the Microsoft to state AD-less S2D cluster bootstrapping supported in server 2016.

    But you could consider the following articles that implement AD in server 2016 with S2D.

     If we implement domain controllers VM in the cluster, how can start the cluster? So the DC VMs could not be in the cluster and must be stored locally.

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    Best Regards,


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