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  1. Storage Replica for Dynamic disks

    Storage Replica is not currently available for Dynamic disks, that makes it non usable with spanned disk

    8 votes
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      0 comments  ·  Storage Replica  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Storage Replica standard

      Storage Replica limitation is very tight in Standard Edition - this should be increased. 2TB is very little in any single node, especially as price/tb continues to fall rapidly, having a limit tied to TB's is like putting an expiry date on its usefulness. Perhaps limiting to number of nodes will be more effictive limitation ie, 2 or 3 nodes?

      12 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Storage Replica  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Storage Migration Service Cutover Fails on "We can test token filter policy on the destination computer"

        During testing of doing a storage migration from a Windows Server 2008R2 to a Windows Server 2019. Everything works successfully until we reach the cutover phase. During Validation the following failure is listed.

        "We can test token filter policy on the destination computer"
        Fail: Access is denied

        2 votes
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        • Feature Request --- Option to avoid Adding a Disk Automatically to Storage Pool.

          Wanted to advise on this Auto pull of a New Disk in to Storage Pool and options to Get a Disk out of the Pool & back to the local system.

          So far, I’ve checked in MSDN (How-to-remove-disks-from-primordial-pool) but it seems like currently there’s no option to do such;
          My request is for a solution that enables to;
          1. Skip disks out of the Pool Collection when enabling S2D.
          2. Add new disks to the system with a choice of whether or not to put them in S2D or Pool.
          3. Pull an existing disk(s) out of a Primordial Pool.

          6 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Storage Spaces  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 100% fragmentation on 99% empty drive

            In my SQL server I got 6 drives:
            c: local drive
            D: Data
            L: Log
            S: system databases
            T:Temp database
            B: backups
            and recently I started to get a warning from scom about 100% logical fragmentation on disk L and disk T but they are both 10 GB space but only 100MB in use...

            1 vote
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              0 comments  ·  File Systems  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow admins to adjust the priority/resources used to finish background storage spaces jobs

              It is super frustrating how much 'potential' performance storage spaces background jobs leave un-utilized. It would be great to be able to set a cluster-wide setting that would adjust how much of the system resources would be dedicated to these background jobs. As it is today one of the major limiting factors in rolling out updates across a large cluster is waiting for the repair jobs to finish after a reboot.

              2 votes
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              • Storage Migration Service: Merge source shares on one target volume

                If the shares do not have the same name, why not allow merging shares on several volumes in source servers into one volume in the destination.

                2 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 169 votes
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                    13 comments  ·  Deduplication  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Storage Spaces Direct Stretch Cluster support

                    It would be extremely advantageous for S2D to support Stretch Clusters. Maybe implement it by allowing the creation of multiple, site aware storage pools (by leveraging the new failure domain features).

                    Combining this with Storage replica would enable multi-site, highly available VM's without the need for any shared storage what so ever.

                    29 votes
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                      7 comments  ·  Storage Spaces  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 38 votes
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                        3 comments  ·  File Systems  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Workfolders edit file directly from app (iOS)

                        The current workfolders app 2.0.1 allow us to copy files to and from Workfolders but it's far from all major apps for file storage that allow edit directly from the app.
                        It will greatly benefit the users if this option is added.

                        5 votes
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                          2 comments  ·  Work Folders  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Storage Spaces allow option for volatile cache (aka consumer SSDs)

                          Currently SS requires an SSD with PLP (power-loss-protection) as per this article: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/filecab/2016/11/18/dont-do-it-consumer-ssd/

                          Please give us an option when creating an SSD caching tier for SS to use the SSD cache (meaning NOT write-through/disable the cache).
                          So that cheap consumer SSDs (without PLP) can be actually used, while keeping the SSD performance.

                          10 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Storage Spaces  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • DFS Search Server

                            At the Moment the Windows Search Server can not be used together with DFS-Shares (very very slow or no results) An Integration between DFS and the Search Server would be very helpful. This would be a big improvement to the Client-Search user experience. Please vote for this idea.

                            11 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  DFSN  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add deduplication support to client OS

                              Today there is an enthusiast community* that runs deduplication bits on client for various applications, e.g., keeping multiple virtual disk images on an SSD. Enabling it on a larger scale would allow both clients and enterprises to save costs by having to buy smaller SSDs and by being able to store more aggregated data. While the overall usage may remain small, there would be a dedicated following of fans and users that would find this feature highly useful.

                              *(These enthusiasts typically capture the dedup package from a Windows Server installation and then use the dism tool to add them to…

                              576 votes
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                                55 comments  ·  Deduplication  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Support deduplication on ReFS

                                Deduplication should be supported on ReFS in order to provide reliability and storage efficiency

                                297 votes
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                                  55 comments  ·  Deduplication  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • ZFS on Windows Server

                                  After doing an exhaustive series of benchmarks I came to the conclusion that Storage Spaces parity schemes are practically useless. Even with 24 SSDs they provide negligible performance that makes them an unworthy alternative even for archiving purposes. You can see the numbers here:

                                  http://bit.ly/1k6efkW

                                  Therefore I suggest Microsoft to join the OpenZFS project and incorporate RAID-Z in a future release of Windows Server Storage Spaces. I know it sounds totally ridiculous at first, but after checking out the benchmarks I'm pretty sure you'll consider the numbers much more ridiculous.

                                  In my humble opinion, this awesome feature would render Storage…

                                  56 votes
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                                    2 comments  ·  Storage Spaces  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Work Folders for Terminal Servcers (Citrix)

                                    Our users really love their Work Folders, but they would also like to have access when working from Citrix Desktop.

                                    16 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  Work Folders  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Thumbnail preview in Explorer for workfolders

                                      Since Windows 10 1803 there is no image preview in Explorer. However, some people need this feature for their work. I find it particularly annoying that this will not work even if "On Demand File Access" is disabled.

                                      4 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Work Folders  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Storage Replica across domains or to non-domain joined hosts

                                        It would be great if we could expand storage replica so that it works across domains or from a domain joined PC to a non domain joined PC.

                                        2 votes
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                                        • Storage Migration Service: Allow upgrading from NTFS to ReFS

                                          Make it possible to have different file systems between source and destination servers. So we can easily upgrade file shares to run on ReFS instead of NTFS.

                                          2 votes
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