One of the most amazing features of Server 2012 – 2016 is Data Deduplication, which leads to some pretty phenomenal results in terms of claiming back free storage, especially when we talk about things like VHD/VHDX libraries, where it really does work, just look at this from my lab:


For more information on deduplication in server 2016 look at the following links:

Data Deduplication Overview

What’s New in Data Deduplication

Understanding Data Deduplication (this one’s worth it for the animated gifs!)

Installing and Enabling Data Deduplication

Running Data Deduplication

Advanced Data Deduplication Settings