Overview

Introduction

The Managing System 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:

  • Manage Virtual Disks
  • Configure Software RAID

Exercise 1 - Manage Virtual Disks

A physical drive in the context of Windows Server 2012 is storage composed of different disk drive types including SATA and SAS drives, USB and may include attached virtual disks as well. Storage Spaces, a feature built into Windows Server 2012, enables you to install SAS host bus adapters and certified JBODs (just a bunch of disks) to setup the required storage. This storage setup is economical, reliable and does not require the use of expensive RAID adapters, RAID arrays, and SAN switch fabric.

In this exercise, you will create a storage pool by configuring a collection of heterogeneous disks. Further, you will create a virtual disk using this storage pool.

Exercise 2 - Configure Software RAID

Windows has a built-in capability to set up a software RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks) that combines multiple disk drive components into a single logical unit for purpose of providing fault tolerance or enhance the performance of your storage subsystem. Based on the various formats used for storing data on the disk-groups, the RAIDs can be of many types, the common ones supported by Windows are RAID-5, RAID-1, and RAID-0.

Software RAID, unlike its hardware counterpart, is slower and entirely dependent on the operating system. Therefore, if Windows becomes inoperable, the only way that you can access your data hosted in a software-based RAID system is by restoring Windows and ensuring that RAID disks are all intact.

In this exercise, you will configure storage by implementing the RAID technique.

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