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Extending SQL Server 2014 AlwaysOn Resource Group with Storage Spaces on Microsoft Azure

The new Azure Preview Portal makes it super-easy to configure a highly available SQL Server 2014 AlwaysOn Availability Group cluster with a new Azure Resource Group Template.  After completing 4 fields of information and clicking a single Create button, a complete cluster environment including an Azure Storage Account, Virtual Network, Active Directory Domain Controllers and SQL Server 2014 AlwaysOn cluster will be automatically configured.  Of course, if you wish to customize any of the options, you're given the ability to do that too - but that's a few extra clicks! ;-)

When the cluster provisioning process is completed, your new cluster will look like this:

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However, when attempting to add additional storage to your new cluster, you'll likely encounter some warning messages that may challenge you.  In this article, we'll leverage a bit of PowerShell to sidestep those warnings and continue on our way towards expanding storage capacity and throughput for our AlwaysOn Availability Groups cluster.

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Keith Mayer is a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft focused on Windows Infrastructure, Data Center Virtualization, Systems Management and Private Cloud. Keith has over 17 years of experience as a technical leader of complex IT projects, in diverse roles, such as Network Engineer, IT Manager, Technical Instructor and Consultant. He has consulted and trained thousands of IT professionals worldwide on the design and implementation of enterprise technology solutions.

Keith is currently certified on several Microsoft technologies, including System Center, Hyper-V, Windows, Windows Server, SharePoint and Exchange. He also holds other industry certifications from IBM, Cisco, Citrix, HP, CheckPoint, CompTIA and Interwoven.

Keith is the author of the IT Pros ROCK! Blog on Microsoft TechNet, voted as one of the Top 50 "Must Read" IT Blogs.

Keith also manages the Windows Server 2012 "Early Experts" Challenge - a FREE online study group for IT Pros interested in studying and preparing for certification on Windows Server 2012. Join us and become the next "Early Expert"!