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  1. 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?

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      0 comments  ·  Storage Replica  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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.

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        0 comments  ·  Storage Spaces  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Can Windows Storage Server Migration Cutover feature move a Domain Controller?

        The New Windows Storage Server Migration Service has a Cutover feature. It will move the network name and address of the old server to the new server. Can this also move a server that is a Domain Controller?

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          2 comments  ·  Misc  ·  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.

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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.

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            • Dedup dedicated or reserved file space

              Dedup should reserve the space needed to successfully run its jobs on the disk so that the disk is never 'too full' to dedup. It would be great if this functioned kind of like page files where an admin could even direct the 'reserved' space to a different dedicated volume.

              Dedup requires a certain amount of 'free' disk space to run. When using dedup on user-facing file shares it never fails that some users will suddenly drop a huge number of files on to the share and then dedup will fail all its jobs due to a lack of free…

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                0 comments  ·  Deduplication  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow admins to adjust the 'minimum copies' of data allowed before write access is removed

                With a 3 Way mirror storage spaces will continue to allow writes as long as 1 copy of the data is available. In some instances this can cause the data to become corrupt and unrecoverable because of unexpected hardware behavior. It would be great to allow for an admin to choose 'more data safety' over 'more up time' by changing this to a minimum of 2 copies of data to allow read/write and dropping to read-only when only 1 copy is available.

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                • 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.

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                  • An option to use dotted domains with NPS

                    The only thing keeping that clunky old 2008 server in my shiny new 2016 environment is I have a dot in my NetBIOS domain name and I use NPS for wireless machine authentication in RADIUS. Before you make fun of me, I inherited this domain and we have looked at all the various domain rename options and they are terrible. It would be great if there was some way to tell a new version of NPS to not use the dot as a separator.

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                    • Storage Spaces Direct - Why the tiny capacity?

                      I don't understand why the new 2019 Storage Spaces Direct won't even support a single 90 bay JBOD loaded with 8TB drives.

                      I am currently testing the addition of that unit into our infrastructure using regular storage spaces. It runs fine. Dual Parity writes of 75 MB/sec are sad, but Mirror writes at 1,600 MB/sec are really nice. Everything seems to work fine.

                      I've looked at the Windows 2019 limits, and the storage spaces direct raw capacity per physical server is 400 TB. What drives this? I'm trying to sell the idea of turning a customer's 1.5 PB storage space…

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                        0 comments  ·  Cluster Storage  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • I have a few backup from over the years

                        I wonder if they would be any help to u all

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                          0 comments  ·  Backup/Restore  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 2 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Scale Out File Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • storage spaces is bugged Error 0x32 when creating a pool

                            Storage Spaces is bugged and will return error code 0x32 with GUI or Powershell

                            https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12438/windows-10-storage-spaces

                            The issue is persistent and reproducible in following releases:
                            Windows 10 pro:

                            1607, 1703,1709,1803

                            It does work in 1511!

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                              2 comments  ·  Storage Spaces  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow Both Sides to Be Active Simultaneously

                              I'd love to get rid of DFSR, (even though the improvements are making it better to use - thanks Ned!) However we can't implement Storage Replica because so many of our scenarios require the data to be manipulated from both sides.

                              3 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Storage Replica  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add shared VHD support to client OS

                                It is just one filter driver needed in the stack that will enable shared VHD (svhdxflt.sys). This feature would really help IT Pros to play with scenarios, where shared VHD is needed (Storage Replica scenarios, SAN simulations etc.)

                                30 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  Cluster Storage  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Fix Specify size of Virtual Disk bug

                                  On the Specify the size of the virtual disk screen often if you select Maximum size it will fail due to a math / rounding error. The reported error is The storage pool does not have sufficient eligible resources for the creation of the specified virtual disk. However if you just shrink size by 1-2 GB it completes properly.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Storage Spaces  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Bring back LastSuccessfulSync

                                    LastSuccessfulSync was removed from Windows 2016 version of Work Folders. This is used in reports to find clients that have fallen out of sync. Or provide an alternative way to monitor when clients quit syncing.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Work Folders  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add Credential parameter to PowerShell DFSN cmdlets

                                      It would be useful to have a Credential parameter on the DFSN cmdlets so a PSCredential object can be passed to run commands under a different user than the one that launched the PowerShell session.

                                      Ideally, it should also properly handle [System.Management.Automation.PSCredential]::Empty

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                                        0 comments  ·  DFSN  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • DFS Replication and Deduplication Integration

                                        The deduplication feature makes Windows Server an attractive OS to use for a backup repository. There is just one issue...replication. One could use DFS Replication to replicate the backup files off-site. But, DFS-R rehydrates the files, and then uses it's own compression, to transmit them. This requires allocating space to DFS-R for staging. Plus, the DFS-R compression is likely not as efficient as deduplication.

                                        It would be great if DFS-R could be configured to replicate the already deduplicated blocks. This would provide the most efficient trasmission while eliminating the need for separate staging for DFS-R (in this use case).

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                                        • Async/Callback APIs for drive/directory/file querying

                                          Currently there are only blocking apis for querying the file system (enumerate list of files in a directory, get names etc)

                                          This is problematic when disks are asleep, remote, slow etc

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