I'm looking at configuring an R720 server for my company and I'd like to run windows server 2012 R2 and use storage spaces. From what I've read, Dell talks about using a separate Powervault MD1220 for the JBOD's needed. I'd like to just put a bunch of hard drives in the R720 and configure them for storage spaces.
Is this possible?
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This depends on your controller. The H710 does NOT support JBOD/non-RAID/pass-through, but the H310 does. The H310 does NOT have write-caching, so if you eventually need to set up a high-performance RAID array with using write-cache, you will need to replace the H310 with the H710. You can use disks individually/separately on the H710, but each disk must be configured as a single-disk RAID 0.