Monday, January 10, 2011

Adding a New Disk to Windows Server 2008 R2

When a disk is added to a Windows Server 2008 R2 system, the only tool that can be used to get the disk configured is the Disk Management snap-in. Windows Server 2008 R2 is able to detect most disks without a reboot. This, of course, depends on the disk type and the disk controller type. For example, if a new disk is added to a system with a RAIDcompatible disk controller, it will not be detected or available to Windows until the new disk is configured using the RAID controller configuration utility. When a new disk is ready to be added into the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system, perform the following steps:

1. Log on to the Windows Server 2008 R2 system with an account with administrator privileges.

2. Click Start, click All Programs, click Administrative Tools, and select Server Manager.

3. In the tree pane, double-click the Storage node, and select Disk Management.

4. Right-click Disk Management and select Rescan Disks.

5. After the disk scan completes, scroll down in the tasks pane to locate the new disk that was just added. Right-click the disk and select Online.

6. The new disk will be listed as Unknown and Not Initialized. Right-click the disk and select Initialize Disk.

7. When the Initialize Disk window opens, check the disk or disks to initialize, and select the option button to create either an MBR or GPT type disk.

8. After the disk initialization completes, the disk will be listed as a basic disk. Repeat the online and initialize task for any additional disks that were added to the Windows Server 2008 R2 system.

At this point, the disk is ready to have a volume defined, formatted, and added to Windows.

In many cases, when a new disk is added to Windows, it is automatically detected and an Initialize Disk pop-up Window opens; please close this window.

Source of Information :  Sams - Windows Server 2008 R2 Unleashed

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