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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?

      14 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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        • 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.

          7 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Work Folders  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Windows Admin Center Storage Migration should be able to use domain accounts

            The cutover portion of the storage migration appears to use local accounts. We follow the CIS baselines and network access/remote login with local accounts is disabled. It would be nice to be able to use a domain account that has local admin rights to do the cutover.

            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 →
              • 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.

                4 votes
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                • 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 →
                      • 172 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.

                          30 votes
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                            7 comments  ·  Storage Spaces  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Official support for ReFS on SAN volumes (iSCSI and FC)

                            Official support for running ReFS on iSCSI san volumes on enterprise san.
                            There are so many reasons for running ReFS over NTFS, it's a shame it's not officially supported on SAN storage volumes.

                            4 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  File Systems  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Have a file extension whitelist for deduplication

                              I'd like to specify only certain file types to be deduplicated, as our users tend to copy around big movie files, but I still want Windows search to work for regular files (which are also small enough to not bother with deduplicating).

                              See also the folder whitelist https://windowsserver.uservoice.com/forums/295056-storage/suggestions/7961025-de-duplication-feature-should-be-enabled-on-direct and https://windowsserver.uservoice.com/forums/295056-storage/suggestions/17888647-make-windows-search-service-work-with-data-dedupli

                              2 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Deduplication  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 38 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  File Systems  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Storage Replica and Storage Spaces Direct Were Killed By Licensing

                                  The licensing announced in Dec 2016 ( http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/products/windows-server-2016/ ) for WS2016 killed Storage Replica and S2D before GA. It makes absolutely no financial sense to deploy these features if Datacenter is required. It would be cheaper (and an easier sell) to go with the incumbent non-commodity hardware solutions that S2D and SR were meant to replace. The math is easy.

                                  472 votes
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                                    54 comments  ·  Misc  ·  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.

                                      11 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Storage Spaces  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Transfer rate on Windows native backup

                                        Windows Backup would be better if I could actually see the transfer rate so it is easier to calculate if the backup is running faster or slower as you tweak things.

                                        3 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Backup/Restore  ·  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 →
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