Data Deduplication on Windows 8 Pro

Due to the modular nature of the Windows platform, it is actually possible to move features between SKUs, and even between server and client. A user at the My Digital Life forum has experiemented with this and has extracted the necessary packages to run Windows Server 2012’s Data deduplication feature on Windows 8 Pro!

If you want to test that out have a look here: http://forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/34417-Data-deduplication-for-Windows-8-x64

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You get no GUI and have to manage Data Dedupe with PowerShell, but that should not be a problem. I was able to save almost 300 GBs on a 500 GB drive storing virual machine images!

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If you decide to run this on any production machines take special care when hotfixes and future service packs are released.

More info on the excellent disk deduplication feature here:

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