Microsoft HCI Solutions from Dell Technologies can be deployed in the following ways:
- Manual operating system deployment—Begin by manually installing the operating system on AX nodes.
- Factory-installed operating system deployment—Begin with AX nodes that have factory-installed Windows Server 2019 with the Desktop Experience feature. The core edition is not available as a factory-installed operating system for Windows Server 2019.
Each deployment method has its own prerequisites, including configuring network switches, as described in this guide.
- Windows Server 2019 GA build
- Windows Server 2022
AX nodes from Dell Technologies do not support the Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel release. Dell Technologies recommends that you update the host operating system with the latest cumulative updates from Microsoft before starting the cluster creation and configuration tasks.
Each task in this deployment guide requires running one or more PowerShell commands. Dell Technologies recommends using these commands to complete the deployment tasks because the UI might not work as expected in some scenarios. For example, the cluster validation UI wizard within the Failover Cluster Manager fails intermittently due to a known issue in the Microsoft code.