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  1. 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…

    719 votes
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  2. 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.

    476 votes
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  3. 223 votes
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  4. Enable Work Folders for team shares

    Today, Work Folders only work with individual user data, it will be helpful to support team shares

    96 votes
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  5. Add selective sync in Work Folders [Separated Idea]

    Today, Work Folders client will sync the entire dataset on the client. Some devices don't have too much storage space. A selective sync feature for Windows platform (equal to the one on iOS) would be great, which only downloads the namespaces, and download data when user selects it.

    MSFT NOTE: This idea was separated from http://windowsserver.uservoice.com/forums/295056-storage/suggestions/8306178-improve-work-folders-feature, which originally contained multiple ideas. Please always supply only one idea in a given posting, so that your supporters and Microsoft can evaluate them easily as single units.

    69 votes
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  6. Storage Spaces advanced tiering

    Storage Spaces tiering could be enhanced in the following ways:

    - Compressed tier
    - Deduplicated tier
    - Public cloud tier

    66 votes
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  7. Enable Work Folders to allow user share the document with others

    Today, Work Folders support only individual user access of their document. It will be helpful to allow the users to share their documents with others.

    57 votes
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  8. Add Work Folders support for OS X [Separated Idea]

    Add Work Folders support for OS X

    MSFT NOTE: This idea was separated from http://windowsserver.uservoice.com/forums/295056-storage/suggestions/8212707-work-folder-support-for-android-os-x-linux, which originally contained multiple ideas. Please always supply only one idea in a given posting, so that your supporters and Microsoft can evaluate them easily as single units.

    57 votes
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  9. Improve Parity performance in Storage Spaces

    Give options or workarounds to improve parity performance in Storage Spaces.

    53 votes
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  10. 51 votes
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  11. Block level sync for Work Folder files

    Currently work folder sync on file level.
    If you open a file and make one change the hole file will be synced over to the server.
    It would benefit lan/wan if work folders could perform only block level sync so only the changes in the files get copied over to server and other devices.

    45 votes
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  12. 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.

    36 votes
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  13. 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.

    33 votes
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  14. 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.)

    33 votes
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  15. Ability to view/access Work Folders files on the server through web browser [Separated Idea]

    Possibility to view / download "Read only" files from web browser on any computer without establishing a Work Folders partnership that downloads the files to the computer. This would also be great for non-domain joined Windows 7 computers.

    MSFT NOTE: This idea was separated from http://windowsserver.uservoice.com/forums/295056-storage/suggestions/8306178-improve-work-folders-feature, which originally contained multiple ideas. Please always supply only one idea in a given posting, so that your supporters and Microsoft can evaluate them easily as single units.

    32 votes
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  16. Parity Storage Spaces should support tiering

    Tiered storage spaces provide excellent performance but not so good capacity efficiency. Parity storages spaces have great capacity efficiency but don't support tiering. Please add tiered parity storage spaces.

    32 votes
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  17. Storage Replica Cluster to Cluster support with Automatic VM Orchastrated Fail-over

    To provide the Ultimate Disaster Recovery solution across separate clusters for Active/Active scenarios (same HW) or Active Passive scenarios (different HW), Providing a One to Many placement via Synchronous/Asynchronous Replication, providing RPO/RTO of choice, and to automatically Orchestrate failover of VM's to destination of choice with the RTO of choice, to patch and complete lifecycle management on each cluster without impact to overall service.

    Why is Cluster to Cluster DR solution important, A Stretch Cluster can still suffer issues at the Hyper-V level and impact the whole cluster, the same for life cycle management and patching, requires the same hardware…

    31 votes
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  18. de-duplication feature should be enabled on directory based (not volume or disk based)

    de-duplication should be able to be enabled on directory based (unlike the current volume based approach). Currently we can enable it on a volume basis and we can exclude some directories. Especially some applications make big log files on OS drive which contains lots of duplicated data inside. We can compress those drives by enabling compress feature checkbox but as the compression works on file basis we loose so much space for duplicated log content. For example our veeam backup software logs which are located in C:\Programdata\Veeam folder is nearly 40GB. This can ve reduced to 20Gb with compression enabled…

    31 votes
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  19. Include StorSimple functionality as a role on Windows Server

    Since StorSimple is just a bunch of disks with a great software layer on top of, include that software layer as a role in Windows Server so we can use any server for the same functionality.

    28 votes
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  20. Just one SSD for write-back cache, or when Tiering in Storage SPaces

    It is painful that you can use SSD write-back cache just when Tiering is used. And when Tiering is used, same column size needs to be used for SSDs and HDDs, then its kinda expensive.

    26 votes
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