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ReFS vs NTFS for FileServers on Windows 2019 RRS feed

  • Question

  •  Windows 2019 version of ReFS now supports de-duplication.

     For a DFS setup, is it recommended to go for ReFS or NTFS?


    Shahid Roofi

    Saturday, May 25, 2019 12:46 PM

Answers

  •  I believe as reference for all, ReFS is going to be thing but it will take time, before that becomes a mainstream thing. With each iteration on windows release, its catching up with NTFS. Since its more Resilient thing than NTFS so definitely once it caches up will replace NTFS like NTFS replaced FAT32.

     But now is not the right time for ReFS owing to backup and other gaps.


    Shahid Roofi

    • Marked as answer by Shahid Roofi Friday, May 31, 2019 10:17 PM
    Friday, May 31, 2019 10:17 PM

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  • Hi,

    Thanks for posting in our forum!

    No one is more recommended. It depends entirely on your needs.

    REFS has major Hyper-V functionality. Here are some demos and presentations:

    https://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/windowsserver/Windows-Server-2016-ReFS-Performance-Demo

    https://myignite.microsoft.com/videos/2757

    https://myignite.microsoft.com/videos/2771

    You can also see here:

    ReFS overview

    Block clone

    Integrity streams

    In addition, about the difference between REFS and NTFS, please see:

    https://www.gigxp.com/refs-vs-ntfs/

    In short, each has its own advantages, depending on your choice.

    Hope this can help you, if you have any question, please feel free to let me know.

    Best Regards,

    Daniel


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    Monday, May 27, 2019 6:35 AM
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  •   Well that's really handful of information. Thanks.

      However there should be some recommendation or best practices for it around File Server.

      Like for e.g now in 2019 Windows Server it supports De-Duplication but I think at same time, backup solutions will run into issues.

      So its easy to decide when to use it and for what?


    Shahid Roofi

    Monday, May 27, 2019 6:39 AM
  • Yes, you're right, Windows server backup currently doesn't support in incremental backup on REFS volume. It will do full backup only. So, We recommend NTFS if it involves data that needs to be backed up.

    Compared to NTFS, REFS introduces key features to improve resilience to data corruption, performance and scalability. Considering the security of data files, REFS is a better choice.

    Thanks for your guidance.

    Regards,

    Daniel


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    Monday, May 27, 2019 7:19 AM
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  • Hi,
    Just want to confirm the current situations.
    Please feel free to let us know if you need further assistance.
    Best Regards,
    Daniel

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    Wednesday, May 29, 2019 8:25 AM
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  • Hi,
    This is Daniel and wish you all the best!
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    Friday, May 31, 2019 1:47 AM
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  •  I believe as reference for all, ReFS is going to be thing but it will take time, before that becomes a mainstream thing. With each iteration on windows release, its catching up with NTFS. Since its more Resilient thing than NTFS so definitely once it caches up will replace NTFS like NTFS replaced FAT32.

     But now is not the right time for ReFS owing to backup and other gaps.


    Shahid Roofi

    • Marked as answer by Shahid Roofi Friday, May 31, 2019 10:17 PM
    Friday, May 31, 2019 10:17 PM
  • Hi,

    ReFS surely will get more popular in the near future, other backup software (not Windows Server Backup), they are already using/able to use and store backups on ReFS.

    Regarding DFS, I would recommend using NTFS for now.

    Best regards,
    Leon


    Blog: https://thesystemcenterblog.com LinkedIn:

    Friday, May 31, 2019 10:25 PM