For additional hands-on practice as I'm reading, I setup one of my lab machines to simulate Storage Pools and Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 R2.
To set up the lab, I first created six 5 GB VHDs on my lab host machine using computer management, numbered VHD1-6 to represent six physical disks that I would attach to my VirtualBox guest VM. Once the six drives were created, I opened the settings to my VirtualBox guest VM and added a SAS adapter. Windows Server 2012 R2 seemed to have no problems picking up on these new VHDs posing as physical disks.
|Remote Desktop View of Storage Pool Available Physical Disks|
Just to toss in some PowerShell, I also used PowerShell ISE to create a Storage Pool using built in cmdlets.
One term that was used that initially tripped me up was primordial. At first I was having trouble understanding this term fully but found a really great explanation here. With the further explanation and visual aids, the easiest way for me to remember what primordial means is to think of JBOD (just a bunch of disks). Being a huge fan of virtualization anyways, this part of the lab excercise has been enjoyable and fairly easy once I understood it's use.
That's all I have for now and I'll continue to post more as I progress.