How to Create a Storage Pool in Windows Server 2016?

By | 09/11/2017

A Storage Pool is one or more physical, internal, external disks or other various interfaces which extend more than one disk into one or more and create fault tolerance and other features. Windows Server 2016 include tools that enable you to manage disks graphically or from the command prompt easily. By using Server Manager, you can create a storage pool and span multiple disks into one and manage volumes and disks. To create a storage pool, you can set failover clustering or mirror volume to save disk data more secure and manage it easier. So let’s get started.

Create a Storage Pool in Windows Server

In this article, I am going to create a storage pool in Windows server 2016 using VMware. All the disks are logical and working fine as like a physical disk in a computer to work on with storage pool in windows server 2016.

When you added your physical disks, at least, more than one, you can create a storage pool to combine all the disks, from which you can create virtual disks and volume and store data on it.

Before getting started, you must understand file systems and volume types and disk types from which you can choose the one correctly you need if you don’t know it click here to read based on this.

1. To create a storage pool: Open Server Manager, click the Files and Storage Services>Storage Pools  and select the server that the disks are located at then click on Tasks>Create New Pool. Here you can also see the virtual disks, physical disks Storage Pools created in the server and manage them, like the screenshot shown below.

Notice: After adding the disks to the server don’t do anything with the disks.

Storage Pools

Storage Pools

2. Now read the needed information about the storage pool then click Next.

New Storage Pool Wizard

New Storage Pool Wizard

3. Specify a storage pool name with description and click Next.

Storage Pool name

Storage Pool name

4. Now select the disks you want to create storage pool also you can select a disk as a hot spare which is for failover clustering/ if a disk fails then the Hot spare disk will work and save the files from being deleted.

Note: If you select a disk for Hot Spare it will not work until a disk stop working and if you select it automatic, it will work and can be stored data on it but can’t work like hot spare saving the data.

Select Physical Disks

Select Physical Disks

5. Confirm all the settings have been done correctly then click Create.

Confirmation

Confirmation

6. The new storage pool has successfully completed, now click create a virtual disk when this wizard closes to create a virtual disk after this wizard and click Close.

Result

Result

Create a Virtual Disk for Storage Pool

After creating the storage pool now start creating a virtual disk for the pool you had created.

1. When the storage pool wizard finishes, just mark the create a virtual disk option to create a virtual disk after this wizard.

When the virtual disk wizard opened, read the details about it then click Next.

New Virtual Disk Wizard

New Virtual Disk Wizard

2. Select the storage pool to create a virtual disk, if it’s selected automatically just click Next.

Select the Storage Pool

Select the Storage Pool

3. Specify the virtual disk name and click Next.

Virtual Disk Name

Virtual Disk Name

4. At this step, you don’t do anything just click Next.

Enclosure

Enclosure

5. Select a storage layout/style you need then click Next. If you don’t know the definition, select the one and read the explanation beside it.

Select Storage Layout

Select Storage Layout

6. Select a provisioning type then click Next. The thin option uses space from the storage pool as needed, up to volume size and the fixed option uses from the storage pool equal to the volume size.
Provisioning Type

Provisioning Type

7. Specify the size of the virtual disk or select maximum size then click Next. If you specify the size the remaining size will be offline and not used and if you select the maximum size it will select all the size of the storage pool.

Specify the size of virtual disk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. At this point, check all the configuration you’ve done and click Create to start the process.

Confirmation

Confirmation

9. Now the wizard has accomplished successfully and the new virtual disk has created, mark the create a volume when this wizard closes and click Close.

Result

Result

Create a Volume for the Virtual Disk

1. After creating the virtual disk, mark the Create a volume when this wizard closes then click Close.

When the new volume wizard opened, read the required information about it then click Next.

New Volume Wizard

New Volume Wizard

2. Select the server and disk you want to create volume for, if it’s selected automatically just click Next.

Server and Disk

Server and Disk

3. Specify the size of the disk, or let it by default then click Next. If the volume size will be specified, the remaining size will be offline and unused, it can be configured separately from it.

Size

Size

4. Select a drive letter or folder to assign then click Next.

Drive letter or Folder

Drive letter or Folder

5. Select the file system like NTFS then type a volume name or you can let it by default then click Next.

File system settings

File system settings

6. Notice that all the settings have done correctly and click Create.

Confirmation

Confirmation

7. The volume has created successfully click Close and start using the storage pool.

Completion

Completion

The storage pool and the disks have now been successfully created and ready to use, like the screenshot.

Create a Storage Pool

Storage Pool created

To create a new storage pool again, follow the steps above, to delete any storage pool just right click on it under the windows storage then select delete.

That’s it. If you have any question regarding this ask now.

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