Creating and Measuring the Performance of a Storage Space Pool in Windows Server 2012 Essentials R2 Preview
By: John Stutsman
Figure 1 — HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer Running Windows Server 2012 Essentials R2 Preview used in this Test
In the Video, Creating A Storage Space Pool in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview, I show how to create a pool with three relatively small hard drive. From that pool I show how to create three 1TB virtual hard disk drives (“HDDs”). Each had different levels of resiliency:
- Simple Resiliency (essentially no resiliency and much like a RAID0)
- 2-Way Mirror Resiliency
- Parity Resiliency
Figure 2 shows the Physical and Logical view of how Storage Spaces works and how it was demonstrated in the video.
Figure 2 — A Storage Spaces Pool will be created from three physical 150GB HDD’s and from that three 1TB Virtual HDD’s will be Created
After the Storage Spaces Pool is set up and the Virtual HDDs are created I measured the performance of each Virtual HDD. Before I created the Storage Spaces Pool I had measured the performance of each of the 3 HDDs that would make up the Pool to have a reference to compare to the Virtual HDDs performance.
Figure 3 — Typical Performance of each of the Three Physical HDD’s that Make up the Storage Space Pool
Figure 4 — Performance of the Simple Resiliency, Thin Provisioned 1TB NTFS Virtual HDD in Storage Space
Figure 5 — Performance of the 2-Way Mirror Resiliency, Thin Provisioned 1TB NTFS Virtual HDD in Storage Space
Figure 6 — Performance of the Parity Resiliency, Thin Provisioned 1TB NTFS Virtual HDD in Storage Space
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If you have trouble seeing the video link above go to: youtube.com/watch?v=IF-bCzsZe0A
TechNET Library: Storage Spaces Overview
TechNET Library: Deploy Storage Spaces on a Stand-Alone Server
TechNET Library: Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials & Windows Server 2012 Essentials
MSDN Blog posting: Virtualizing Storage For Scale, Resiliency, and Efficiency
TechNET Blog Posting: Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces: Is it for you? Could be….
TechNET Blog Posting: Windows Server 2012: How to Import a Storage Pool on Another Server