It’s been a while since the dedup feature came to us with Server 2012.
Actually 2 years ago I started playing around and since then it’s one of my favourite features.
For testing purposes I have had deduped nearly everything I could and still use it in “unsupported” scenarios like non VDI environments.
I got quite an overview how rock solid this feature really is.
If you’re a SQL Server guy maybe it’s not a very surprising fact, but to me it is.
I’m using gMSAs since they were introduced with Server 2012 quite often and almost for SQL Server services.
I missed the older MSA – Managed Service Accounts (or standalone/sMSA as they known since last year) and never used them as they came along with Server 2008 R2.
But a couple of days ago, a blog entry came across, where one of the SQL team member said it’s actually not supported to use gMSA for SQL Servers, written on February 2014, hugh.
The Preview is still out there and the first impressions were made.
Since R2 hits the TechNet i’m on my way to explore more and more stuff I really like.
Tiered Storage Spaces
incredible fast (Windows) updates
dedup for CSVs
shared virtual disks (makes it a lot easier to build Cluster in a Cluster Environments –> guest clustering)
online VHDX resizing (Gen2 only)
But there are some Points missing.
A graphical view of hot spots on dedup’d File Servers or something to see what kind of data can dedup’d pretty well and what kind doesn’t.
Quick upgrade/migrations paths for existing Gen1 Hyper-V machines to Gen2.