Learn about the core functionality, benefits, use cases, and implementation of Storage Spaces and Storage Spaces Direct in Windows Server.


Contoso, Ltd. is a financial services company in Seattle with major offices located throughout the world. Most of its compute environment runs on-premises on Windows Server. This includes virtualized workloads on Windows Server 2016 hosts.

Contoso IT staff are migrating Contoso on-premises servers to Windows Server 2022. As part of the migration, Contoso plans to expand into additional sites and use virtualization to help expedite bringing a new site online. The company is also generating larger volumes of data with plans for even more data in the future. Because of this, the company needs flexible storage options. Finally, Contoso plans to increase the use of virtualization to optimize their computing environment because many physical servers are underutilized.

As a Windows Server administrator, you are responsible for identifying the optimal configuration of Windows Server file servers. This involves choosing the optimal volume configuration for standalone and clustered servers running Windows Server.

Learning objectives

After completing this module, you'll be able to:

  • Describe the architecture and components of Storage Spaces.
  • Describe the functionality, benefits, and use cases of Storage Spaces.
  • Implement Storage Spaces.
  • Describe the functionality, components, and use cases of Storage Spaces Direct.
  • Implement Storage Spaces Direct.


To get the best learning experience from this module, you should have knowledge and experience of:

  • Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2016.
  • Core networking technologies.
  • Fundamental knowledge of Windows Server File Server role.