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Windows Server 2008 provides the system administrator with a richer set of disk management tools than any previous version of Windows. Disk Management is now smarter, with automatic, seamless conversion between basic and dynamic disks. The full support for GPT disks eliminates the need for extended partitions, and gives Windows Server 2008 the ability to support really large disks. And the ability to shrink or extend a volume without taking it offline gives the system administrator much greater flexibility.

In the next chapter, we'll cover the many aspects of storage, including Storage Area Networks, the Storage Resource Manager, and removable and remote storage.

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