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Get a practical introduction to setting up Windows Server 2012. Timothy Pintello breaks down this basic IT task into its core components: installation, roles and services configuration, and local storage setup. He shows you how to practice these steps with VirtualBox and gain real experience without the cost or risks associated with expensive hardware.
Learn how to choose an edition that's right for your setup, install Windows Server 2012 and the VirtualBox drivers, and then configure the services and roles on your new server. Timothy also shows how to set up local storage and manage Windows Server in one of two ways: through the command line or with the simple admin interface that ships with Windows Server.
Now that we have talked about local disks and volumes on Server 2012, let's go ahead and look at how we can manage them. While it is possible to manage them from the file and storage services tile here, there's actually a very limited amount of managing you're able to do here. The only way to really do anything here is to right click on the volume you wish to manage, and you see a very limited number things you're able to do. A better place to manage your disk and volumes, is up here under tools, computer manager and then click on Disk Manager.
This brings up your disk management tool. From here you can do a lot of things with your disk. One thing we can do is we can right click on the volume, in this case the C volume and now we can shrink the volume for example and make it smaller. In this case, we will shrink it down by roughly 5 gig. We put 5,000 in there and then click Shrink. Now, we are just shy of 5 gig of unallocated space on this hard disk.
Now, we have unallocated space, we can put something else there. The way we put something else there is, right click the un-allocated space, now I can create a new, simple volume. This brings up the Volume Wizard, and then click next, and I can determine how large I want my volume to be within the limits of the un-allocated space. In this case, I will go with the full amount of un-allocated space. I'll go ahead and accept the default drive letter and click Next. I'll also go ahead and select the default file system which is NTFS.
However, I do have the option of putting a FAT 32 or an REFS file system here if I wanted to. Since NTFS is the preferred file system, we will stick with that. Now, click next. And then, click finish. And now, where we had only one drive volume, we now have two. We also know that the type of disk this is, is a basic disk type. The reason we know that is because, up here, it tells us. If this were a dynamic disk, it would say dynamic here.
As it is, it is the basic disk, also this is where you convert from a basic disk to a dynamic disk. The way you would do that is go to the disk you wish to convert, right click and here you can convert to dynamic disk. Clicking this will automatically begin the process of converting your disk from a basic disk to a dynamic disk. Once you've converted your disk to a dynamic disk, this will unlock additional volume types that are available for dynamic disk. However, I will remind you that once you convert to a dynamic disk, you cannot go back.
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