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Windows Server 2012 using Storage Space
TiT
Brisbane, Queensland
5484 posts
Has anyone here used Windows Server 2012 using its Storage Space application?

I am thinking of changing my FreeNAS box to using Windows Server and using Storage Space to to look after 5 x 3TB HDD.
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IVY_MiKe
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
1414 posts
I've heard nothing but positives about Server 2012 TiT, but haven't made the switch myself.

My question to you is, what are you going to do with all that data whilst you switch filesystems?
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TiT
Brisbane, Queensland
5486 posts
At the moment only used about 3tb of the 15/12tb (using zfs FreeNAS) it's just my micro server that looks after my media etc

So with my Microserver atm using USB stick for freeNAS an have 5 3TB disk in it. Was thinking of adding SSD drive in it, Putting Windows 2012 on it then using the Storage Space for the 5 HDD. If this works fine this will be perfect and might even invest in faster Microserver as the programs i want to use are alot easier to manage on WIndows than FreeNAS and some programs dont support FreeNAS
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tspec
Melbourne, Victoria
3705 posts
Expect if you install Server 2012 on it you'll need to configure the drives in software raid 5 as the microservers don't do hardware raid 5. Software raid has never had a good history on windows, no idea if it's any better in 2012. One of the cool things about storage spaces is you can raid multiple external storage devices, so say for instance you had two microservers both running freenas, you could create an nfs share or iscsi lun on each, mount them in 2012 and create a raid 1 storage space out of that mirroring data on both microservers adding an extra layer of redundancy. Anyway regarding the software raid5, you can only but give it a try.
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tspec
Melbourne, Victoria
3706 posts
**Except.

Too early in the morning for me, wish editing would get fixed :)
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TiT
Brisbane, Queensland
5487 posts
Yeah I don't mind software raid I know in past Microsoft was crap at it but was reading server 2012 was pretty good
10:23am 16/03/13 Permalink
andrewus
Brisbane, Queensland
2924 posts
Windows 8 pro does it. Been using it without a hiccup for months now on my HP microserver
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Hogfather
Cairns, Queensland
13631 posts
Using storage spaces on my windows 8 box at the moment.

If its the same implementation in 2012 you'll want to plan what you're doing with it ahead of time

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/10/storage-spaces-explained-a-great-feature-when-it-works/
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TiT
Brisbane, Queensland
5488 posts
excellent great to hear sounds like a good project to do than :)
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HerbalLizard
Brisbane, Queensland
5739 posts
For home it could be alright but I don't trust it enough in production, what are you using it for bulk pron storage?
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TiT
Brisbane, Queensland
5489 posts
For home it could be alright but I don't trust it enough in production, what are you using it for bulk pron storage?


yeah using for that kind of stuff
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