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File Server (2012) drive configuration

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Hi all,
   Probably a very quick easy one here. I am looking to place a file server into Azure and want to work on the best way to configure the drives within the OS. I understand that there are options for stroage pools and this may help when adding/extyending drives.

Initial instance:
Azure A2 server
4x 1TB Data Drives

The network initially is looking to transfer 2.5TB of Data, the end game is to migrate 64TB of data to a number of server so i will need to be able to increase/add drive capacity (and increase instance Sizes).

Some quick pointers here would be appreciated
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What kind of internet connectivity?

A thinly provisioned Simple Pool (Storage Spaces) would be one place to start.

Note that storage is not hot-add if I recall correctly. Meaning, one needs to shut down the VM in order to add more storage.

Also, one Azure disk is limited to 500 IOPS. So, if there is a need for more IOPS then keep this in mind. If IOPS requirements is higher than storage volume then provision a VM that can allow the required number of Azure disks, boot, set up the pool, then shut it down. Once off, set the VM back to the needed performance level. The extra storage would be billed as such.
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I will use the storage pools available within the Server operating system. I am happy to power down to add drives as requiered at this stage
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