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Summary

In this hour, you learned how to manage server drives and create volumes. Windows Server 2008 provides two tools for configuring and managing your server drives: the Disk Management snap-in (available in both the MMC and the Server Manager) and DiskPart, a command-line utility. Windows Server 2008 supports two drive types: basic and dynamic. A basic disk can contain volumes that embrace the legacy partitioning and logical drive scheme that originated with MS-DOS. Dynamic drives can be divided into simple and other volume types, including RAID implementations such as mirror sets and RAID 5 arrays. All drives are basic when you first install the server software; however, you can convert your basic drives to dynamic drives at any time.

The Disk Management snap-in, which is found in the Windows Management console or the Server Manager, can be used to create partitions, format basic disks, and create volumes and RAID arrays on dynamic disks. A RAID 1 array is also known as a mirror set. RAID 5 requires three separate drives with the same amount of disk space to create a disk stripe set.


  

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