Turning on data deduplication

Deduplication is something that we as people do naturally. Every once in a while, you clean out the refrigerator, right? And if there are seven half-empty bottles of ketchup, you probably deduplicate that and throw some away. Or your closet. If you dig around and find thirty blue shirts, chances are that you can part with a few to save some space. These things make common sense, and so does deduplication when talking about the data that is stored on our servers.

Starting with Windows Server 2012, data deduplication became possible at the filesystem level. When enabled, Windows runs scheduled optimization jobs that search for duplicate files and data, and consolidates them. If you have two copies of the same file, stored ...

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