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Win10 Workstation: features supported?

Post by DDIT » Dec 18, 2018 12:51 pm

Hello,

I am building a new off-domain, off-site repository server for GFS and am considering Win10 Workstation (for ReFS feature), over a Server OS. Initially I had considered this server to just be a repo for backups, but now wondering if I could push Veeam Replicas too (from Hyper-V 2012 R2 host).

Is Win 10 Workstation suitable...
  • as a ReFS repo?
  • for receiving incremental backups and transforming to GFS?
  • for receiving Veeam replicas from Hyper-V 2012 R2?
  • spinning up those replicas in a DR scenario?
This document, https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backu ... tml?ver=95, suggests Win 10 is supported for what I need, but I would like confirmation.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Win10 Workstation: features supported?

Post by Dima P. » Dec 18, 2018 4:03 pm

Hello Michael,
as a ReFS repo?
Works, but keep in mind that ReFS feature requires Pro edition of Windows 10.
for receiving incremental backups and transforming to GFS?
Works.
for receiving Veeam replicas from Hyper-V 2012 R2?
Won't work, as we do not support Hyper-V installed on workstations as a target for replication jobs.
spinning up those replicas in a DR scenario?
Won't work due to the reason described above.

P.S. Instead of using Hyper-V on workstation I'd recommend to check Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016 :wink:

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Re: Win10 Workstation: features supported?

Post by DDIT » Dec 18, 2018 5:28 pm

Thanks Dima,

I was referring to "Windows 10 Pro for Workstations" to give it its full title. It seems that the recent Windows update removed ReFS creation from Pro and made it a 'Workstation' and 'Enterprise' version feature only...https://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-i ... rs-update/

Thanks for the tip about using Hyper-V. I presume I can create Storage Spaces + ReFS volume on that to use as a repo?? I'll test and update this topic.

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Re: Win10 Workstation: features supported?

Post by DDIT » Dec 19, 2018 3:05 pm 1 person likes this post

Just to confirm: Yes, it is possible to create a storage space, then create a volume and format as ReFS. This works as a repository for GFS jobs.

As a Hyper-V host, it can also receive replicas, and the failover works as expected.

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