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#1 +Frank B.

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 21:50

Microsoft’s new Windows 8 Resilient File System (ReFS) will be server only

Microsoft’s new file system for Windows 8 will only be available in server variants of the operating system, WinRumors has learned.

The software maker is currently readying a new file system as an offshoot to the original concept of Windows Future Storage (WinFS). According to sources familiar with the company’s plans, the new file system is called Resilient File System. The project originally started out as Monolithic NTFS (MNTFS) and then ended up codenamed Protogon before the final Resilient File System (ReFS) naming was chosen. Screenshots from the latest Windows 8 builds surfaced on Thursday demonstrating the new file system in action.

The naming reveals some of the concepts around what Microsoft is trying to achieve with the new file system. The idea is that server variants of Windows 8 will be able to utilise the new technology to improve file system resilience to hardware and software errors. The technology will not be widely used and is designed for specific use by server administrators. As a result, client versions of Windows 8 will not be able to utilise the new file system according to our sources.

Microsoft’s original Windows Future Storage (WinFS) concept made its way into Longhorn (Windows Vista) builds during the early beta phases. WinFS was first demonstrated in 2003 at the company’s Professional Developers Conference. Microsoft promised an advanced storage subsystem designed to manage data by means of a database. The WinFS database would allow any type of information to be stored in it alongside a defined schema for the data type. The idea was to speed up searching and data sharing between applications. Microsoft ditched the idea before Windows Vista was brought to market.

Microsoft hasn’t publicly discussed any plans to incorporate a new file system in Windows 8. The software giant did detail its large disk and large sector support in Windows 8 earlier this week. Microsoft plans to make it possible to install Windows 8 and boot from a 3TB or bigger hard disk. The support will be possible with UEFI firmware systems that allow Microsoft to take advantage of new partitioning techniques to better manage data stored on large disks.


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Posted 01 December 2011 - 22:02

Wow... that's too bad (N)

At first they can't incorporate it at all (WinFS) and then they make it server-exclusive.

Well, who knows what it's good for... :/

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 22:08

Well, if it's called Resilient File System, I guess that lessens the chances for me as to whether it's WinFS. I thought the, "Re," was for, "Relational."

EDIT: Also, wasn't Protogon in the leaked client builds?

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 06:06

I have doubts on this "rumor". It appeared as a fully functional feature in the drive management function of a client build, that means the user can format a drive in ReFS, then found the drive is useless? Doesn't sound reasonable to me. :(

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 06:44

Quite possible. Maybe it's designed for Server 2012's Storage Pools and Storage Spaces features.

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 08:48

I have doubts on this "rumor". It appeared as a fully functional feature in the drive management function of a client build, that means the user can format a drive in ReFS, then found the drive is useless? Doesn't sound reasonable to me. :(

Just because a feature appeared in a build doesn't mean it'll stay there until final.

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 09:26

Looks like something like this will push RAID even further down the food chain!

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 09:38

Quite possible. Maybe it's designed for Server 2012's Storage Pools and Storage Spaces features.

Just because a feature appeared in a build doesn't mean it'll stay there until final.

Yeah, I know, but all of this atm are just rumors and speculations, guess we just have to wait and see.

btw, I got a unconfirmed(repeat: unconfirmed) tip-off: the beta is expected to be installable on ReFS, and also expects to install and run faster. So, let's see how things would develop. :/

Edit: I don't exactly know what canouna meant by "work great"; just have to wait for more infos.

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 09:42

I'd use it to play Bethesda games.

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 09:50

I hope they include they hash type security/integrity on files similar to ZFS, as i think this would be the biggest feature to stop data rot.

It may be server only as like ZFS it may have some heavy requirements, if so then the small percentage of users who might benefit might not have been a compelling reason to bump the requires from say 1GB to 4GB (example).

Im still a big fan of NTFS, with the upgrades they have done over the years there is plenty of life in the FS and i don't see it disappearing to soon. My only wish was that the specification for NTFS was open so Linux and Mac users could have proper read write access to it, i would use it on all devices, from USB Sticks to External Hard Disks instead of ExFAT.

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 14:21

Yeah, I know, but all of this atm are just rumors and speculations, guess we just have to wait and see.

btw, I got a unconfirmed(repeat: unconfirmed) tip-off: the beta is expected to be installable on ReFS, and also expects to install and run faster. So, let's see how things would develop. :/

Edit: I don't exactly know what canouna meant by "work great"; just have to wait for more infos.

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From what it sounds like he is running a newer build and it is running off ReFS already - I have a feeling it will be in the client version but only used in specific case scenarios rather than it being the default.

Regarding people invoking ZFS - I suggest they look at the file system, or better still use it with Solaris 11 then come back and say, "sure, that'll have no problems running on a 32bit computer with 2GB of memory".

#12 techguy77

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 18:35

Only feature i am excited about with Windows 8/Server, right now.

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 15:54

Only feature i am excited about with Windows 8/Server, right now.


You're not excited about lower resource usage?

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 01:11

I hope they include they hash type security/integrity on files similar to ZFS, as i think this would be the biggest feature to stop data rot.


"Checksums (64-bit) are always turned on for ReFS metadata, and assuming that the volume is hosted on a mirrored Storage Space, automatic correction is also always turned on. All integrity streams (see below) are protected in the same way. This creates an end-to-end high integrity solution for the customer, where relatively unreliable storage can be made highly reliable."


If you have not read Steven Sinofsky's post on ReFS, you should read it over anyone else’s materials. It's just a wee bit less speculative and likely accurate than everything everyone else has been posting:

http://blogs.msdn.co...ndows-refs.aspx

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 03:12

If i ever move to Windows 8 i will probably ended up running Windows 8 Server as Workstation and Gaming Machine.