Clustered Storage Spaces Virtual Disk for Hyper-V - apply to role or use as CSV?

I'm a little confused about how to configure my cluster disks for my continuously available SMB3 share (Hyper-V VM storage).  Are they better used as CSVs, or specifically pegged to the SOFS file share role within Failover Cluster manager?

Sorry if that's vague, just let me know any further info you might need.
caustic386Asked:
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
It is not only vague, it actually doesn't make sense. What is your topology, and what specifically are you confused about?
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caustic386Author Commented:
When I right click a Cluster Disk, within Failover Cluster Manager, I have the option to "Add to Cluster Shared Volumes" or "More actions -> Assign to another Role".  I'm trying to decide between these 2; the topology is a 3x SAS JBOD and 2 cluster nodes with 2 SAS connects to each JBOD.
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Keep in mind that a cluster can host non Hyper-V clustered roles. If you are looking at Hyper-V or a SOFS then there is no reason to add the storage to another role. Just make it a CSV.

As an aside, CSVs are *only* supported for Hyper-V, and in 2012 the file services role for a SOFS. But the two would also never coexist on the same node and that configuration is, in fact, specifically called out in documentation as unsupported. I mention this because you mentioned SOFS and SMB3 in your original question, but your follow-up with hour topology doesn't seem to require that complexity.
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caustic386Author Commented:
Thanks for the clarification.  I guess it would be more accurate to says that this is a 2node dedicated SOFS cluster, with the intention of storing the Hyper-V VMs.  The Hyper-V cluster management will take place elsewhere.  Does that change anything?  I guess I don't really understand the difference between making this disk a CSV or assigning it specifically to the SOFS role.
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
The difference between a traditions clustered file server and an SOFS is that a SOFS is just a clustered file server where the shares are on a CSV. The two things you list above are one and the same.
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