Previously, I was eager to use the following MS Server features on my proposed server upgrade but it may not be advisable or economical so I am soliciting advice from you guys, ‘coz I might have been mistaken:
• Roaming Profiles
• Folder Redirection
• Offline Files
• Access-Based Enumeration
• Data Deduplication
• Storage Spaces – software RAID?
• Storage Spaces Direct – LAN RAID or VSAN?
We will soon be upgrading/refreshing our infra and sooner, our server (Windows 2008—not the R2) but for the reason of this discussion, let’s just focus on the Windows Server. We will be migrating it and if at some time, I will need to upgrade it to 2012 R2 or 2016 (our Director is against going directly to 2016 as it may have bugs….I am for using the latest and greatest but then again, its her call—anyways, server 2018 is just around the corner )
The 1st phase is virtualizing our physical servers to whichever supports it including the Windows Server 2008. I understand that and I still wanted to use the 1st 3 items in our server (Roaming Profiles, Folder redirection and Offline files) and still thinking over the ABE.
Now the questions are if the rest of the items are still useful in virtualized environment of 3 hosts and VSAN (Hypervisor is VMWare with VSAN).
• Is data de-dupe working in virtualized environment? Does it present any cons or data corruption in terms of backup and restore?
• If there is an ability for a virtual server to be restarted to another host server (even if manual restart is required), is DFS (namespace and/or replication) still useful in a single site (though we have multiple sites but everything is just in a single site (HQ)?
• Now I think that the last 2 will not necessarily be needed as VMWare VSA will take care of it (also, if we upgrade, still to Pro version not Data Center), but what’s your take?
Thanks in advance for your inputs.