Windows Server 2012 – Storages spaces

The new features on Storage management for Servers, bring a few new terms with it. This short article should help to clarify what are these features.



storage pool

A group of physical disks that can be managed together.

virtual disk

A collection of one or more physical disks from a previously created storage pool.

Storage Spaces

A storage subsystem that lets you group disks (drives) into one or more storage pools. You can then create storage spaces from available capacity (free space) in the pool.

storage space

A virtual disk created on a Storage Spaces storage subsystem.


Below is the current diagram, from the Storage Management Overview topic on TechNet.


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