Attaching disks on Windows Server 2012 R2 VM

I am working on my own download server on Microsoft Azure, the idea is a black box I will never tell it to anyone for now. But for that download server I had to have small small data disk chunks on the Virtual Machine which is running on Windows Server 2012. So I can download them locally as .vhd files later.

http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/storage-windows-attach-disk/ this documentation explain how to attach a data disk to a windows virtual machine with the help of the old server manager. I am here to guide you through how to do this with the new metro server manager that comes built-in with Windows Server 2012 R2.

First, go to Azure management portal, open VMs and select the VM, you need to attach the disk, in the below bar you can see “Attach” click on it, select “Attach empty disk” and attach a disk. Its familier to the oldies and if you are new go here http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/storage-windows-attach-disk/ and follow up-to “How to: Attach an existing disk” part.

Now, login to the VM, and in the Vm Explorer the new disk is yet to be visible.

So, open sever manager by clicking this

serv man

Now Server Manager is launched and click on File and Storage Services

file storage serv

Now select Disks, which is rounded with red and then you can see the unknown disk there, (rounded in blue)

disk visible

Now right click on it and select “New Volume”

new vol

Now you can see a dialog box and just go though it, where you can set drive letter for the disk, file system of it, size of the disk with several other settings, after everything done correctly you can see the below

final

Now open the windows explorer, you can see the new disk.

expl

Thats all folks.. Hope you will find something useful with this post. 🙂

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