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Huawei SAN Storage Host Connectivity Guide for Windows

HUAWEI SAN Storage Host Connectivity Guide for Windows Servers
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Management Tool

Management Tool

Windows provides a powerful computer management tool Server Manager. This tool provides most host management functions, such as configuring system features, viewing system logs, managing system services, and monitoring system performance.

This section describes how to start Server Manager and use this tool to manage disks.

Starting Server Manager

To start Server Manager, perform the following steps:

  1. On the host, click Start.
  2. Right-click Computer and choose Manage from the shortcut menu.

    Server Manager is started, as shown in Figure 2-5.

    Figure 2-5 Server Manager

  3. In the navigation tree, choose Storage > Disk Management.

    The disks available for management are displayed.

Managing Disks

You can use Server Manager to manage storage resources, such as initializing disks, partitioning disks, formatting disks, and managing volumes.

In Windows Server 2008 and later versions, you need to set the state of LUNs mapped to the host for the first time to online in Disk Management. The operating system then marks the LUNs for identification. This process is disk initialization. Only the initialized disks can be used by the host in volume management. You need to specify disk partition format when initializing disks. Available formats are:

  • Master Boot Record (MBR)
  • GUID Partition Table (GPT)
NOTE:

In versions earlier than Windows Server 2008, you do not need to set a disk online or specify partition format. The system uses the default format MBR.

The partition format refers to the method of organizing disk partitions in Windows XP Professional and Windows Server 2003. For details, see:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/download/details.aspx?id=53314

In Windows, disks are categorized as basic and dynamic disks. Only simple volumes can be created on basic disks. Spanned volumes, mirror volumes, striped volumes, and RAID-5 volumes are created on dynamic disks. In Windows Server 2008 and later versions, the operating system converts basic disks to dynamic disks when spanned volumes (or other volumes that can only be created on dynamic disks) are created on basic disks.

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Updated: 2019-08-22

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