Whoa! As I was poking around just now on another machine I built I ran across this little gem!
**Updated – screenshots!!
1) From Server Manager, ensure DASHBOARD is selected in the navigation node then select Manage in the top right corner of the window.
2) Select Add Roles and Features from the context menu.
3) Press Next on the Before you Begin screen.
4) From the Select Installation Type screen, confirm that Role-Based or Feature-Based installation is selected. Press Next.
5) Select the server you are targetting from the Server Pool pane, then press Next.
6) From the Select Server Roles screen, place a check beside File Services. Press Next.
7) On the Features screen, accept the defaults by pressing Next.
8) Read the blurb on File Services, then press Next.
9) On the Select Role Services screen, place a check beside Data Deduplication. Press Next.
10) Read the Confirm Installation Selections screen, then press Install if you are certain all looks correct.
11) You can watch the progess on this screen.
12) If the installation was successful, press the Close button to exit.
Notice now in Server Manager there is a FILE SERVICES navigation node available!
**Note: If you don’t see this node available after refreshing and you recheck Steps 1-6 and find the File Services box is not checked now – perform the following:
1) Ensure you have turned on Automatic Updates.
2) Launch PowerShell, and run the following commands –
> Import-Module ServerManager
> Add-WindowsFeature -name FS-Data-Deduplication
> Import-Module Deduplication
Your File Services Node should now be present.
Setting Up Deduplication on a Volume.
If you select that node, your server should show up in the middle pane with an Activation Status of Not Activated (meaning you have not yet setup any Dedupe).
If you right-click on the server’s line item a context menu appears. At the top of the menu is an entry for Configure Deduplication Settings.
Here you can enable background optimization and a Primary and Secondary schedule for it to run. Setup your preferences and press OK to continue.
Again, in the Navigation Node (left pane), you select Volumes to show a list of volumes present.
Right-click any volume (other than the System or Boot) and your option for Configure Deduplication is there.
Selecting this entry opens a screen where you can check Enable Data Deduplication on the Volume. You can exclude folders and extensions also. Press OK when you’re done.
Data Deduplication can’t be enabled on the System or Boot Volumes – this is the same as any disk-based service limitation.
This feature is fantastic! Native De-dupe – finally….