Server 2022 storage tiers.

Kogashuko 1 Reputation point
2022-09-03T15:31:21.31+00:00

So I am rebuilding my fileserver that was running on Server 2016 and it had a three driver mirror. I am not sure how Storage Spaces Direct let me set that up but it did. Anyway after installing it I immediately understood my error and purchased another 8tb drive but it was too late there was no way to add just one drive in mirroring. So about a year ago I purchased four more drives and a large hard drive and have used that to backup my data until it was time to do a rebuild. The downside to the entire thing is each of the 8tb drives are 5400 RPM SATA drives that are SMR. I was not too concerned because this will mostly be a read only application. The goal is to setup a duel parody array with four SSD drives as a cache.

I go to rebuild the thing and the array today and see that now there are 12TB 7400 RPM SAS drives available for $110. I originally planned on doing duel parody but can only budget a max of four right now. The 8s will promptly go in my NVR which records constantly and that would be perfect for SMR since it is a constant write of a more or less predictable size that does not require a lot of bandwidth.

My question is simple if I drop four of these things in and do a simple single parody setup and then drop four more in later will that automatically setup a second column making it duel parody? Or am I locked in at single parody when I go with only four disks and expand?

Ultimately, I was looking at storage enclosures last night and would almost rather wait and invest in a new server, more energy efficient than a dell r510, with 2.5 inch drives and just get a JBOD enclosure for 3.5 drives. That way I can throw in more of those but keep the SSD and NVME tier on the server itself. Thoughts?

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  1. Limitless Technology 39,341 Reputation points
    2022-09-06T07:28:22.197+00:00

    Hello there,

    It might not automatically setup a second column making it duel parody but you can try Server-to-server storage replication with Storage Replica.

    You can use Storage Replica to configure two servers to sync data so that each has an identical copy of the same volume. This topic provides some background of this server-to-server replication configuration, as well as how to set it up and manage the environment.

    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/storage/storage-replica/server-to-server-storage-replication

    I hope this information helps. If you have any questions please let me know and I will be glad to help you out.

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