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I want to set up a software RAID 6 configuration, but in Windows Server 2008 it only lets me do up to RAID 5. In Server 2012 I saw they have this new thing called "Storage Spaces" which sounds neat, but I assume you can still set up a basic RAID 5 in 2012.

My question is (and I haven't been able to find a concrete answer): does Server 2012 have support for RAID 6, or, does Storage Spaces somehow do this for you?

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Have you considered a hardware RAID controller? –  Zoredache May 20 '13 at 16:57
    
This isn't in a professional environment, it's just a personal file server but I thought it was sufficiently complicated to post here. I could do hardware RAID but the ones that do RAID 6 with 8x+ SATA ports are expensive, and so in my case not ideal (if at all possible). –  Nalandial May 20 '13 at 17:04
    
@Nalandial "Personal" is a bad word here. It immediately puts you off topic. This site aims to be about systems administration in a professional environment. –  Ryan Ries May 20 '13 at 17:25
    
@RyanRies Oh yes, I know. I figured regardless of my situation, the question & answer would end up being more useful here than SuperUser since this is not a common non-professional scenario. –  Nalandial May 20 '13 at 17:33
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No, Server 2012 does not provide software RAID 6 as part of the OS. Your choices with Windows software RAID are still your basic mirroring, striping, or RAID 5 parity.

Storage Spaces in Server 2012 is basically just adding the flexibility to pool different types of cheap storage together, like external USB drives, SATA drives, network storage, etc.

You would need a hardware RAID card capable of doing RAID 6.

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