Windows 2012: Deduplication
Posted by Brajesh Panda on July 16, 2012
- Here are my testing results of Deduplication. There is a nice Technet blog article, where you can find all theoretical details.
- Dedup can be managed from server manager or PowerShell
There is a free tool “ddpeval.exe” comes with Windows 2012 to evaluate how much space we will save if we enable Dedup. You can copy to another computer (2008 or 7 family) and run it.
- I am using 2012 release candidate build 8400
- Supports only NTFS file system (No ReFS Support yet)
For my testing I have copied two install.wim files of 2.9GB each to F Drive
- Enable Dedup by right clicking the volume & selecting configure deduplication or “enable-dedupvolume f:”
- Then attach a schedule when you like to run the Dedup process on file system
If you want to start immediately run “start-dedupjob f: -type optimization”
- After completion of job here is the server manager screenshot showing how much space we save. We can use “get-dedupstatus”
Wow we are saving 49%, isn’t awesome 😉