Microsoft's offered an explanation, of sorts, for the unexpected disappearance of Storage Spaces Direct from Windows Server version 1709.
A new FAQ on Windows Server, version 1709 posted on Thursday offers the following verbiage:
Storage Spaces Direct was introduced in Windows Server 2016 and remains the foundation for our hyper-converged story. Following our successful Windows Server 2016 release, we’ve listened to our customers and are already working to deliver the next set of hyper-converged innovation. While, we elected to keep these features in preview for the Windows Server, version 1709 release, there will be another release available very soon.
Whether that “very soon” means the next semi-annual release or a something out-of-band isn't explained. Microsoft has revealed a validated solutions program for Windows-Server-powered hyperconverged boxen, so maybe there'll be news on that front.
Windows Server users may also be interested to know that System Centre Operations Manager has had a crypto upgrade, as it now supports TLS 1.2.
Adding support for the cipher means Microsoft is getting ahead of itself in terms of ensuring compliance with PCI regulations, which as of June 30th, 2018, won't certify users of the know-to-be-insecure TLS 1.0 and SSL.
Microsoft explains how to enable TLS 1.2 here. ®