Tip of the Day: Can’t Extend a Storage Space (virtual disk)

Today’s tip… When extending a existing virtual disk in Storage Spaces and Pools, you might encounter the following error even if you have plenty of unused space… This could be due to the virtual disk’s number of columns. To extend a virtual disk, they pool must have a number of unused disks equal to or…


Tip of the Day: Controlling the Number of Columns in Storage Spaces

Today’s tip… In Storage Spaces and Pools, when a virtual disk mirror set is created, the data copies will be configured to use the maximum possible columns up to 4. If you want to create a mirror set with greater than 4 columns you must use Windows PowerShell. Windows PowerShell: New-VirtualDisk -FriendlyName NewVDisk -StoragePoolFriendlyName MyPool…


Tip of the Day: SSP Supported Bus Types

Today’s tip…   Storage Spaces and Pools (SSP) are only supported on the following bus types: SATA – Serial Advanced Technology Attachment SCSI – Small Computer System Interface SAS – Serial Attached SCSI USB – Universal Serial Bus If using FC or iSCSI SAN, you should use it to create fault tolerant sets (RAID x)…not Spaces….


Tip of the Day: SSP Terms

Today’s tip…   Storage Spaces and Pools (SSP) refer to the units of storage that are carved out of a pool by two different names. Storage Space – Term used by the client versions of Windows Virtual Disk – Term used by the server versions of Windows They are the same thing.  The terms are…


Tip of the Day: Deduplication Cheat Sheet

Today’s tip…   Here is a quick reference sheet for Windows Server 2012 deduplication.  The Dedup feature is not installed by default Dedup is a Server only feature Dedup is not supported on: FAT volumes Boot or System Volumes Remote Drives Cluster Shared Volumes (supported on non CSV volumes on cluster) ReFS 3rd party file systems Dedup    …


Tip of the Day: 'Simple' Is Not What You'd Expect

Today’s tip…   Windows Server 2012 has three resiliency types for Storage Spaces. Simple Mirror Parity   The term ‘simple’ might cause some confusion as people are likely to relate it to a ‘simple’ volume on a dynamic disk.  In Storage Spaces, a simple space is actually more similar to a stripe set without parity.