Windows Storage Server Management Console
The preview release of Windows Server 2012 R2 contains a surprising number of new features considering how little time Microsoft has had to develop the new operating system. Many of these new features are storage related. In this article, I want to take a look at some of the new storage related features and capabilities.
Changes to Storage Pool Versions
When I was first preparing to write this article, I performed a clean installation of Windows Server 2012 R2 onto an old lab server that I hadn’t used in quite some time. Since this isn’t a server that I use very often, I couldn’t remember exactly what hardware the server was equipped with. That being the case, the first thing that I did after the installation process completed was to review the server’s hardware.
While I was checking out the server hardware, I opened the Disk Management Console. Although Microsoft prefers that you use the Server Manager to manage storage now, I was curious to see whether or not the Disk Management Console still existed.
Figure A: The Disk Management Console only displayed a single hard disk on my lab server.
The reason why this caught my attention was because I was relatively sure that the server was equipped with multiple hard disks. A quick glance at the physical server confirmed that multiple hard disks were indeed present. Still unsure of the hardware’s health, I opened the Server Manager console, and clicked on File and Storage Services and clicked on Disks. Again, only a single hard disk was displayed, as shown in Figure B.
Figure B: Even the Server Manager only displayed a single disk.
Although the Disks container will show physical hard disks in certain situations, Microsoft expects you to create storage pools and then create virtual disks on top of those storage pools. If my missing physical disks were going to be exposed anywhere in the operating system, it was going to be in the Storage Pools container.
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