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Unable to create a clustered File Server share

I have a 4-node failover cluster, nodes run Hyper-V & File Server roles.

I created a File Server cluster resource. When trying to create a share by right-clicking on the File Server cluster resource > add file share, I'm getting the following error message in the wizard:

"the entered path is not valid for the selected server"

Any idea what the issue might be?
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
How is the storage set up and connected to the nodes?
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rojimenez777Author Commented:
I'm using storage spaces, SAS drives. I created a D virtual drive from that storage space. D drive is the one assigned to the file server cluster resource.
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rojimenez777Author Commented:
I just attached the error I'm getting (error.jpg)
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
So, the four nodes have direct attached SAS (DAS) connections via two SAS HBAs per node to the shared storage?

If that is the case, then set up the virtual disk in Storage Spaces, add it to CSV, and then host the VHDX and configuration files for the Hyper-V VMs on C:\ClusterStorage\VolumeName (CSV location).

SOFS cannot be set up and used on a converged setup.
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rojimenez777Author Commented:
So, the four nodes have direct attached SAS (DAS) connections via two SAS HBAs per node to the shared storage?

Exactly.

D drive is only for employees data shares, it's not CSV-enabled. Virtual machine files are stored in another drive with CSV enabled.

I'm able to create a SMB-share If I connect to the file server from the "fsmgmt.msc" console.

Error is happening from the Cluster and Server Manager console. It's weird.
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
File services need to be set up in a VM that has its VHDX files hosted on a CSV.

The clustered storage will not function correctly being used as a file share for user files/folders.

In a cluster setting, all clustered storage except a quorum disk needs to be set up as a CSV.

Again, SOFS and HA file share cannot be set up as is being done here. Nor can File Server High Availability.
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rojimenez777Author Commented:
Hi Philip,

Thanks for the answer.

I'm not quiet sure on your following statement you wrote above:

"In a cluster setting, all clustered storage except a quorum disk needs to be set up as a CSV."

Please take a look at this YouTube video, the person implemented a Cluster File Server without the storage being CSV, he/she was able then to successfully create a share:

https://youtu.be/lse2HwEb6Cg?t=957

Regards,
RJC
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
Just because it can be done does that mean it should be done? There's supported and unsupported setups when it comes time to hit the wall. In an unsupported setup one is left hanging with no support should something go wrong. I personally would not venture into that territory especially with a client's proposed production setup.
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rojimenez777Author Commented:
Thanks a lot for your help! It was very helpful.
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