The audience for this document includes systems engineers, field consultants, partner engineering team members, and customers with knowledge about deploying hyperconverged infrastructures (HCIs) with Microsoft Windows Server 2016 or Windows Server 2019 Hyper-V and Storage Spaces Direct. Customers who do not have Volume License agreements with Microsoft can order AX nodes from Dell with a factory-installed operating system and OEM license or as bare metal.
The Azure Stack HCI cluster can be deployed in either of the following ways:
These instructions are not validated with Windows Server version 1709. Dell EMC AX nodes 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 Azure Stack HCI cluster creation and configuration tasks.
This guide assumes that deployment personnel have knowledge of the following concepts and tasks: