a storage abstraction layer for Direct Attached Storage in Microsoft Windows. provides features and performance comparable to a traditional SAN.

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Is it possible to ask ReFS to use hardware RAID6 for parity calculations?

Does ReFS use FPGA-based XOR engines for RAID parity calculations? If not, is it possible to get it to use such tech?
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Extend an existing drive a drive with windows storage spaces

I have a Windows Server 2012 R2 with a 500GB SSD drive that is storage for a mysql database. I am running out of room and purchased a 1TB SSD drive. What I would like to do is use Windows Storage ...
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How to hook up a Supermicro JBOD expander to an HP DL380

I'm totally new to the subject of high-availability / distributed storage, and have to figure out a solution for a particular project. I am looking at using Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Spaces to ...
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Expand physical disk in Tiered storage on Windows 2012 R2

I've tiered storage 10GB SSD and 300GB HDD on Windows 2012 R2 guest at ESXi. I've extended the SSD disk as usual, but at Server manager -> Storage pools I still see the old size of SSD in Physical ...
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Where is information about Storage Pools and Virtual Disks stored in Windows Server?

Environment: Azure, Windows 2012 R2 VMs. I've created a Storage Pool of 3 disks (VHDs), striped, a Virtual Disk on top of it, and a volume. Then I've stopped this VM, detached these VHDs and attached ...
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How to dismount a VHD that has been absorbed into a Storage Space

Normally in Windows, you can create a Virtual Hard Disk (VHD), see it in the Disk Management, right-click, and remove it: No problem. Storage Spaces Hides Disks I want to test the resiliency of ...
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host adapter vs bios

recently I had to create a raid 10 from 32 disks using the LSI 3108 hardware raid card. But after I create the virtual drives and initialize them, I got this msg in the boot prompt, "2 virtual drive ...
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How to safely swap/replace a PhysicalDisk in a Parity Storage Pool

I have Storage Space configured with Parity resiliency that has a total of 5 SATA drives. 4 of the drives are near full capacity (90% used). I am now getting a low capacity warning because this. I ...
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Expanded parity disk is “full”

I completely rewrote the question since this turned out to be a storage spaces question. Long problem short: 2x3TB disks -> fill upp space -> add one More 3TB disk. Now Windows says disk is full, ...
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How can I remove or clone a disk in the storage pool?

So I have a storage pool with a few disks in it and one of them is on its way out. The bad disk is a 2TB and the one I just bought to replace it is a 3TB. At first, all I wanted to do was clone the ...
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RAID versus Storage Pools

I'm currently developing a requirements specification for a new server and am trying to weigh benefits & pitfalls with available technologies. Our current server uses a RAID-5 disc layout which ...
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Tips on manually rebalancing data across a Parity Storage Space pool in Windows Server 2012 R2

On my HP Microserver N54L which acts as file server, I have a parity storage spool consisting of the following: 4x 2TB WD Caviar Green 1x 3TB WD Caviar Green (Recently added) The OS (Server 2012 ...
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Unexpected LSI SAS 9211-8i RAID x8 SSD Performance

After attaching 8 850 EVO SSD to my LSI 9211-8i and creating a Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Spaces 8 column virtual disk I copied a VHD from and to the virtual disk and observed ~300 MB/s transfer ...
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Should we use Storage Spaces or RAID?

Small office here with 5± users. Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials. Lenovo TS440 LSI 9240-8i RAID controller. (2) 250 GB SSDs (OS)(RAID 1) (2) 2TB WD Blacks (DATA/CLIENT BACKUPS)(RAID 1) Is ...
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Storage Spaces stuck at “repairing 9%” and “starting repair”

I have a storage space with 8 disks, and 2 virtual disks. One of the virtual disks started showing up as "Warning: In Service" If I ask to start repairing, it keeps at "repairing 9%" ...
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Storage Spaces Recovery

Windows Server 2012 R2. 25 low cost disks and one SSD. OS is installed on the SSD, and the low cost disks are configured as a storage pool (with a couple of hot spares). The SSD has failed. Through ...
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How to add space to /usr mount point in HP-UX without a restart (no Online JS)

I have an HP UX server that has a mount point /usr that reached 100% when you use bdf command. How can I add space (tried removing files, not an option) from either a new disk or existing diskspace ...
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Storage Spaces 2012 R2 - can you 'lie' about SSD/HDD tiers?

As far as I'm aware in Windows Server 2012 R2 you can configure Storage Spaces to have two tiers and it'll migrate data between them automatically. These tiers are called 'SSD' and 'HDD' and are meant ...
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Error creating Storage Pool - Invalid Parameter

I've run in to an issue when trying to create a Storage Pool in Windows Server 2012 R2. I have two 4TB SATA drives and I'm trying to create a pool out of them (intent is to Mirror), but when I've gone ...
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Mirrored virtual disk on storage pool can't expand after adding drive on Windows Server 2012 R2

I've recently taken to converting a couple of mirrored RAID1 arrays into one large storage pool. I have two 2TB disks and two 3TB disks, altogether 10TB, which when mirrored should give me 5TB of ...
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Viewing Storage Space allocation for physical disk

I have a server that had four disks (2x 4TB and 2x 3TB drives) in a Server 2012 R2 Storage Pool. There are two virtual disks in the pool - a parity disk and a mirrored disk. The idea was to add two ...
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Compatible SATA disks for Proliant ML350 G5 server

I have got a Proliant ML350 G5 server with two SAS drives of 146GB in RAID 1+0, but I would to add two SATA drives of 500GB in another RAID 1+0, but I don't know which are compatible. The measure of ...
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Are storage pools basically another term for JBOD?

I am reading up on Storage for Windows Server 2012 R2 and I am trying to understand the purpose of Storage Pools. The way they make it sound is that you can create one big expandable ever growing ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2 Deduped 356GB to 1.32GB

I'm experimenting with deduplication on a Server 2012 R2 storage space. I let it run the first dedupe optimisation last night, and I was pleased to see that it claimed a 340GB reduction. However, I ...
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Storage Spaces Failed Disk - Volume Offline

We have set up an inexpensive physical server with a bunch of 3TB disks to use as a backup staging area before we push to tape. We've installed Windows Server 2012 R2 and set up Storage Spaces/Pools. ...
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Storage Spaces - Reduced Rebuild Time for Reseated Drive

Does Windows Storage Spaces implement optimized/reduced rebuilding of a mirror or parity drive group if a drive is mistakenly removed and added again? I have some limited exposure to storage spaces ...
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Reconfigure (software-RAID) array for more space

I have: Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V and 2 VMs x6 hard drives 500 GB capacity in software-RAID array (Window's Storage Spaces) for VM storage, x1 SSD boot drive for server host OS (and VM page ...
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MSW2012R2 StorageSpaces + SSD tiering. Unknown Placement Status

I use StorageSpaces with tiering. I have several vhdx images that I want to be constantly pinned to SSD on my tier. I use command: Set-FileStorageTier –FilePath "path" -DesiredStorageTier "tier" ...
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How to configure Windows Hyper-V server with Windows Storage Spaces

I creating a Hyper-V home setup. I have a single Machine (haswell CPU, 16GB ram, and SSD) Storage is attached as DAS (5 Disk USB 3.0 enclosure) I want that machine to be a Hyper-V host (Windows Std. ...
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Can Windows Storage Spaces Mirror use 5 HDD in JBOD?

I have a 5 disk USB 3.0 enclosure (JBOD configuration, Windows see's 5 physical disks) with a max of 4TB per disk. I want to make a Windows Storage Spaces in mirrored mode (all data written to 2 ...
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Storage Spaces: Will removing a used USB 3.0 retain the data in a 2-way mirror setup?

So I've just realized that the ReFS filesystem, although promising in a Storage Space solution, doesn't have certain NTFS features that I need. So I'm contemplating going back to NTFS. Problem is ...
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Storage Spaces Write Rate Issue

I am setting up a Windows 2012 R2 Storage Spaces array. It is setup with 24 drives, 22 of them mirrored, with 2 hot spares, in 11 columns. I am useing a LSI 9207-8e HBA card with the latest IT ...
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Sizing of journal disks with Microsoft Storage Spaces parity volume

I'm currently speccing out a new backup server. It's going to be running Windows Server 2012 R2 with Direct Attached Storage, and I'm considering using Storage Spaces rather than using a RAID card. ...
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Image Sharing File Server on Windows Storage Spaces.

I am working on Windows Storage Spaces File server, but I ran into this strange situation when transfer to client systems is aroung 300kb/s. There are two SS servers on the network - the other one is ...
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Can Storage Spaces VirtualDisks be moved between pools?

Can I move a Storage Spaces virtual disk from one pool to another? Or do I need to create new volumes and copy the files with the operating system?
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Storage Spaces - drives with different capacity [closed]

I'm looking at Storage Spaces as a software based RAID replacement solution. I am planning on moving my disks to a new computer in the near future, yet I want to move data in now. Also, I have not ...
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IOPS bottleneck in design? [duplicate]

I'm building a 45 drives (backblaze) storage pod for use with Windows 2012 R2 Storage spaces. Spec is 2xE5-2620 v2 cpus, 32 GB ram, 3xLSI 9201-16i cards, 9x1 TB SATA SSDs, and 36x4TB HGST ultrastar ...
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Windows Server 2012 Storage Pools and TLER/CCTL/ERC enabled drives

How do Storage Pools manage near line hdds (no raid controller) that implement TLER/CCTL/ERC? Is it completely transparent, or does that feature need to be disabled in order for the automatic ...
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Storage Spaces - Why Use Parity? [duplicate]

Given that mirrored Storage Spaces provide automatic corruption detection and repair, is space efficiency the only compelling advantage of parity over a mirror? I am thinking that the poor write ...
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2012 R2 Storage Spaces, are there any obivous problems with this implementation?

I am planning on building a HA 2012R2 Storage Spaces Cluster. OK, here is what I am planning... 2 2012R2 Servers each with a LSI LSI00300 (9207-8e) PCI-Express 3.0 x8 Low Profile SATA / SAS Host ...
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Server 2012 Storage Spaces HA Cluster with additional JBOD SATA DAS?

I am looking at building a Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Spaces High Availability setup, and I had a question. Can I add a additional enclosure to just one of the servers to host a non-HA array. ...
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2012R2 Storage Spaces Memory and CPU requirements

I am looking at possibly using Storage Spaces in Server 2012R2 to build a NAS off of. I am looking to build a fairly large unit, 12-14 HDDs, in a "RAID10" like setup (I know storage spaces does not do ...
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Building a SAN on 2012R2 “Storage Spaces” - More Cores, or Faster Single Thread?

I am considering building a SAN unit on Server 2012R2 using Storage Space. In that situation is it more helpful to have more CPU cores, or less faster cores?
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Connecting a Storage Space: connect-virtualdisk error PermissionDenied 40001

I'm trying to attach a storage space in my server but am receiving and access denied error. The back story is that the storage space was working fine on windows home server 2012, but then I paved the ...
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Windows 2012 R2 scripted access to freespace of physical disks?

Is there a way to access the freespace of the physical drives that make up a storage pool on Windows Server 2012? I've just recently ran into a problem with running out of space, and can see the ...
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Storage Spaces adding a mirrored drive later

I am planning to use Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 R2. I want to initially set up my sever with 1 hard drive in the storage pool. Is it possible later to add a second drive that mirrors the ...
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windows 2012 failover cluster, system validation, and storage spaces

I have two host servers with Windows 2012 Hyper-V installed. I have also configured File and Storage Services with one Storage Pool, one Virtual Disk on each server. I used Star Wind SAN for Hyper-V ...
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Can storage-spaces drives be moved to a replacement server when there is a failure

I have tried to search here and Google, but cannot find a case explaining this. Storage spaces is similar to software raid. If the server fails due to motherboard or some other issue, can the drives ...
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Restructuring RAID Array (Windows Storage Spaces)

Our current production server has 6 hd's in a RAID 10 array. Technically it's not RAID, but the new Windows Storage Spaces feature in Windows Server 2012 (think software-RAID). These six are used for ...
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Error removing physical disk marked as Retired

I have Server 2012 with one storage pool and one virtual disk. The virtual disk uses layout parity and thin provisioning. It contained 4 physical disks. One of the physical disks failed. It was pulled ...