The Configure Local Storage module provides you with the instruction and server hardware to develop your hands on skills in the defined topics. This module includes the following exercises:

  • Configure Basic and Dynamic Disks
  • Create and mount VHD

Exercise 1 - Configure Basic and Dynamic Disks

Windows Server supports two types of disk storage namely Basic and Dynamic. Basic disk is the default disk type where partitions can be created either for a new operating system or application. A basic disk can be converted to dynamic disk for the purpose of supporting software-based RAID or Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks. Windows software-based RAID provides fault tolerance for operating system, application data and user data. You are dependent however on the operating system to have access to data in the event software-based RAID fails in Windows.

Exercise 2 - Create and mount VHD

Windows Server 2012 supports mounting virtual hard disks which can be used for storing operating system data and enables you to install a new instance of Windows operating system on the same physical computer.

In this exercise, you will configure a new virtual hard disk and mount it on via Disk Management tool.

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