So Server 2012 has this really cool feature that allows the you to efficiently store, transfer and backup LESS data…..WHAT?!! (for the Nerd explanation visit here.)
To the average Joe this means that you’ll save a TON of space by making better use of your data/hardware…how much you ask? Check out this chart of the average savings:
Yes, that about 30% on your documents…or for my world where I use Virtual Machines all the time, I’ll save almost 90%….this it’s too good to be true? It’s not.
So my big issue is I use Windows 8.1…and guess what, it doesn’t come with this feature…..wait for it…..here it come…….Unless you know “Uncle Dale”. I found away to strip out the feature from Server 2012R2 and import it into Windows 8.1.
First download the files from my SkyDrive. Unzip them in a directory call (you can come up with your own name) d:\dedup. then open a command prompt (as an administrator) …..and run the following command:
dism /online /add-package /packagepath:Microsoft-Windows-VdsInterop-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.3.9600.16384.cab /packagepath:Microsoft-Windows-VdsInterop-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~en-US~6.3.9600.16384.cab /packagepath:Microsoft-Windows-FileServer-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.3.9600.16384.cab /packagepath:Microsoft-Windows-FileServer-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~en-US~6.3.9600.16384.cab /packagepath:Microsoft-Windows-Dedup-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.3.9600.16384.cab /packagepath:Microsoft-Windows-Dedup-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~en-US~6.3.9600.16384.cab
Wait for it to complete. Then type:
dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:Dedup-Core /all
Reboot and then go to your Add Windows features and click the Data Deduplication option
Now there isn’t a GUI interface for it. Instead you’ve got to break out your PowerShell Ninja Skills and type Enable-DedupVolume D: (or C: or E:, whatever).
Next start the depub’in and type: Start-DedupJob –Volume D: –Type Optimization
Take a nap or go catch a flick….and then check back.
Here’s my results (after 15 mins):
Yep, I gained 26.5GIG!!!!!
Have fun! ;-p