hyper-convergence setup using two servers 2016 data centers

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Does anyone know how to do the complete hyper-convergence setup using two servers 2016 data centers?
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Yes. Plenty of folks know how to do this.  But I doubt that's what you meant to ask.  Perhaps you can be more specific...

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currently ,I have four physical servers
which hosting PDC ,fileserver,terminal server and second DC

Planning to purchase Two physical servers with 2016 data centre.
wanted to implement new hyper-convergence .
is there any documentation which i can reference
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/Storage

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DataON, Dell, HPE, and Lenovo all have Storage Spaces Direct certified platforms to purchase from. The first step is to work with the vendor of choice to get the needed configuration and purchase it.

From there, it is either set up for you or the vendor will have a whitepaper that explains how to set things up.
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Hyper converged clusters are still clusters. There are a lot of decisions to be made. Will you use S2D? Or external SAS enclosure(s)? Are you building a hyper-v cluster? VMware? Or did you want cluster guests such as a fileserver guest cluster?

All of the above (and more) could meet the criteria for the definition of "hyper converged" yet would be vastly different deployments to the point that no real advice can be given here. The topic is just too broad.
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/Storage
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@Cliff 2+ nodes + shared JBOD(s) = Converged Cluster. In the case where it's just two nodes and one JBOD it is an Asymmetric Cluster since storage gets divided between the nodes for load.

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) is Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) with both Storage Spaces and Hyper-V running on the nodes with local storage shared across all nodes. Compute and Storage on all nodes in the cluster with VMs and Storage (Cluster Shared Volumes) distributed across all nodes.

If the S2D cluster runs the Scale-Out File Server cluster service alone without Hyper-V being used then it can be classified, in some sense, as a Converged cluster but given the local storage is still being used across all nodes in the cluster it is still technically "Hyper-Converged".

Microsoft has a fairly strict set of rules around what hardware can be used with S2D at least by Tier 1 vendors that are looking to sell the platform. The Windows Server Software-Defined  Data Centre.
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Microsoft has been calling compute-and-storage via shared SAS as hyper converged since at least 2012, before S2D existed, so that's a bold assumption to make now.

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