Microsoft Windows Server 2012 – Installing and Configuring: Storage Management

This course is included in our On-demand training solution.


Microsoft Windows Server 2012 is the newest version of Microsoft Windows Server and builds upon features found in previous versions of Windows Server, as well as providing a number of new features. This course examines how hard disks function, and how partitioning is used in Windows Server 2012. This course also examines Basic and Dynamic disks, and different types of volumes, including virtual hard disks. Finally, this course looks at storage management and how to create and use storage pools with both PowerShell and the GUI. It is one of a series designed to prepare the learner for exam 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012.

Target Audience

Candidates for this exam are Information Technology (IT) Professionals who have Windows Server 2012 operating system knowledge and experience and want to validate the skills and knowledge necessary to implement the Windows Server 2012 core infrastructure services. Candidates who wish to pass the 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 exam will benefit from taking this course.


Expected Duration

120 min.

Course Objectives

Hard Drives and Partitions

  • match the types of partitions with their correct descriptions
  • describe what the bcdboot.exe cmdlet is used for
  • differentiate between the Master Boot Record (MBR) partition table and the GUID Partition Table (GPT)
  • Configuring Partitions

  • recognize requirements for configuring BIOS/MBR partitions
  • recognize requirements for configuring UEFI/GPT partitions
  • Disk Types

  • recognize the difference between basic disks and dynamic disks
  • Dynamic Volumes and Dynamic Disks

  • match each dynamic volume type with its correct description
  • sequence the steps to convert a basic disk to a dynamic disk
  • Volumes and Virtual Hard Disks

  • sequence the steps to create a simple or striped volume using the Disk Management console
  • sequence the steps to shrink a simple or spanned volume using diskpart.exe
  • recognize the features of VHDX
  • Storage Management and Storage Pools

  • recognize the difference between storage pools and storage spaces
  • describe the features of Resilient File System (ReFS) in Windows Server 2012
  • recognize the requirements for thin provisioning and trim storage in Windows Server 2012