Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V over SMB - Setup a HA file server

Im setting up a network for not for profit organization, they do not have a SAN or a NAS capable of ISCSI

I have 2 Dell R310 servers as my HV hosts with

2TB Raid 10 volume
24 Gigs of Ram
04 Gigabit nics

on each server (I know its Not the best but thats all they have right now)

They do have a stable gigabit network thanks to donated Cisco hardware,

Whats the best way to setup a highly available file server to minimize downtime in case one HV host crashes?

i know i can do DFSR but is not an ideal solution, cause of the file locking issues.

File shares holds mainly M$ office documents and Quickbook Databases. i managed to clear up a lot of unwanted stuff from the old file server so now we have around 600 Gigs of data
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Failover clustering requires shared storage. No way around that. You could look at virtualizing and using hyper-v replica, but that isn't real-time replication so in the event of a failure, you have to manually fail over and any changes since the last replication cycle are lost. Thus it does not  meet the usual definitions of HA.

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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
Dell MD1220 JBOD, a pair of Dell SAS HBAs per server if they can handle them, and your existing or additional storage (if 2.5" SAS).

You could set up an asymmetric cluster with both nodes handling storage arbitration via Storage Spaces and running a Hyper-V failover cluster for HA. It's simple and we've deployed many with great success.
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