A highly-available virtual disk (storage space) created from a storage pool

  • One or more physical disks (blank, unformatted)
  • Storage pool created from disks
  • Virtual disks (or storage spaces) that are created from storage pool
  • Disk drives (partitions) created on virtual disks
  • Shares created on virtual drives (partitions)

Physical Disks –> Storage Pool –> Virtual Disk –> Disk Drive

  • Virtual drives are not VHDs – treated as a drive in Disk Manager

Benefit of virtualizing storage allows you to on-the-fly provision and dynamically allocate space without altering data.

  1. Trim
  2. Expand
  • Provides RAID functionality without RAID HW or SW
  • Enables striping, mirroring, and parity
  • Server Manager, Control Panel, or PowerShell
  • Storage Pools: SAS, iSCSI, SCSI, SATA, USB (NTFS, ReFS)
  • Failover clustering: drives must support a multi-initiator protocol, such as Serial-Attached SCSI (SAS)
  • Thin provisioning – abili
  • Primordial – available, blank, unformatted disks that are at least 10 GB in size
  • Storage Manager for Storage Area Networks
  • Storage Explorer
  • Share and Storage Management
  • Shared Folders
  • FRS

Microsoft Online Backup

  • Backup locally or to the cloud
  • Uses Windows Server Backup interface
  • Incremental backups by block or file (changes only)
  • Data encryption and compression/throttling
  • Configure retention policies
  • MS Online Backup Service Account
  • Cloud is “offsite” and “pay as you go”
  • Only Windows Server 2012

Cost effective alternative compared to traditional RAID card.