Windows Server 2016 Tech Preview 2 Storage Spaces disk FriendlyName values on VMware Workstation are all the same

I was playing with Storage Spaces under Windows Server 2016 Tech Preview 2. As usual in virtual environment Storage Spaces was unable to detect MediaType correctly. When I went to fix it with a usual command “Set-PhysicalDisk -FriendlyName PhysicalDisk1 -MediaType SSD” it did not work because disk FriendlyName was not PhysicalDisk1. Instead it was “VMware, VMware Virtual S”. Actually all the disks had the same FriendlyName – “VMware, VMware Virtual S“.

Disk FriendlyNames before changing them

To fix this I assigned each disk unique FriendlyName and also fixed MediaType.

To change disk FriendlyName and MediaType I used command:
Set-PhysicalDisk -UniqueId “{8433bca0-314d-11e5-94f3-000c29b96d5e}” -NewFriendlyName “SSD1” -MediaType SSD

To get disk UniqueId values I used command:
Get-StoragePool Pool2 | Get-PhysicalDisk | Select FriendlyName,MediaType,UniqueId,Size

After changing the FriendlyNames and MediaTypes it was much more clearer which disk is SSD and which disk is HDD.

Disk FriendlyNames changed

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