Upgrading to Windows Server 2019 on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers: A simple process that can dramatically reduce your storage footprint


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Using Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd servers with Intel Xeon Scalable processors, we upgraded from Windows Server 2016 and saw data compression ratios of up to 9.8:1 thanks to new Storage Spaces Direct features.

Some IT admins who manage Dell EMC™ PowerEdge™ R740xd servers with Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors in a Microsoft® Storage Spaces Direct environment are considering upgrading to the Windows Server® 2019 operating system. The potential space savings from storage deduplication could lead to consolidation and cost savings.

In the Principled Technologies data center, we performed hands-on testing to measure the benefit of performing this upgrade—a reduced storage footprint resulting from the deduplication features in the Windows Server 2019 version of Storage Spaces Direct. To quantify the amount of work required to get this benefit, we also noted the time and steps necessary to carry out the upgrade.

In this combination test report and migration guide, we show what we learned: The new OS let the server store data in dramatically less space, and the upgrade process was simple and quick. Together, these findings suggest that upgrading to Windows Server 2019 would yield proven results.



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