Q: What features have been added to Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) for Windows Server 2012 R2?

A: A number of features have been added to those supported with CSV in Windows Server 2012 R2. Specifically, check out the following features:

  • ReFS (remember, this is aimed primarily at archive-type data and not to be used for running virtual machines--VMs)
  • Storage Spaces using tiering and write-back cache
  • Storage Spaces using parity (including dual-parity)
  • Data deduplication
  • SQL Server 2014 support on Windows Server 2012 R2 CSV