Join Robert McMillen for an in-depth discussion in this video File and storage solutions, part of Windows Server 2012 R2: Configure File and Storage Solutions.
- Let's take a look at what we're going to be covering in this course, File and Storage Solutions. There's a lot of different tools and utilities that we're going to be using in this course, and one of the main things we like to use is Command line, although there's a lot of graphical user interfaces out there, the Command line offers us switches that aren't available in the GUI, and a lot more different options that you just won't see in any other utility. So let's take for instance, DiskPart. DiskPart is a disk partitioning program and it has literally dozens of switches that you won't find anywhere else that allows us to convert disks, make changes to disks, and it's very important that you understand Command line, so that's why we're going to cover that in this course.
The next thing we have is the File Resource Manager, this is an often over-looked utility that IT administrators should be using. It allows us to block certain files by extension. For instance, if we don't want anyone running any executable files, we can block those in the File Resource Manager, and no one can execute those anymore, except for maybe the administrator. The File Resource Manager also allows us to set quotas, which we'll be discussing in an upcoming video.
Another cool thing that's new to 2012, is Dynamic Access Control. I think you're really going to like this, because the traditional way of locking down files using Sharing and Security tabs is going to be going away in the future, especially as we move into newer versions of the operating system, and it's going to be replaced using Dynamic Access Control. This allows us to use hundreds of different criteria, such as where a person lives, what department they're in, and what office they're in, all these different things that allows us to say whether or not a user has access to a file.
It can really cut down on how many security groups we have to create. Another thing we're going to talk about, Distributed File System, DFS allows us to have multiple servers that all point to Shared folders, but the user only uses one particular string to access them. So, if for some reason, one of those file servers goes down, it doesn't matter, because the other file servers will also respond to that same name that the user is trying to access the files. And that can you give a lot of great redundancy.
iSCSI and Network Storage is pretty cool, it's new to 2012 as well, this allows us to take a Server 2012, and turn it into a storage device. So your server doesn't have to even be a server anymore, in the traditional sense. It can now be a storage area network. This can save you a lot of money, where you can take maybe some older servers, turn them into pure storage, with some new hard drives, and use your newer servers to actually run the applications. So let's take a look at what the File and Storage looks like in Server Manager, in Server 2012.
Here we have Server Manager, this is the dashboard. And inside the dashboard, on the left-hand side, you're going to see things like File and Storage Solutions, as well as other roles that you may have installed previously. Since this is a domain controller, you'll also see Active Directory Domain Services and DNS. So if we click on the File and Storage, we can see lots of different options here, such as Volumes and Disks, Storage Pools, and Shares, we can create shares here, as well as our iSCSI target, and even work folders.
Don't worry if I went too fast there, because we're going to go into all these things in detail and show you how to set them all up in upcoming videos.
These tutorials will help prepare MCSA and MCSE candidates for the Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services exam (70-412). The topics covered here map to the "Configure File and Storage Solutions" domain of the exam.
- Disk formatting and file manipulation via the command line
- Configuring NFS, BranchCache, and File Classification Infrastructure (FCI)
- Viewing file access permissions
- Implementing Dynamic Access Control (DAC)
- Configuring iSCSI targets and initiators
- Managing free space on the server
- Configuring tiered storage
- Deduplicating data
- Storing data on Hyper-V
- Extending and shrinking partitions
- Working with DFS
- Configuring RAID storage
- Creating file shares