When Windows Server 2012 was being previewed, I was really shocked that deduplication would be included in the server operating system. I thought it would make sense for a file server only at first. This is because it is not meant for structured data types like Exchange, SQL or VMs. Further, it is not permitted on the C:\ drive. After chewing on it a bit more, I’ve found a number of additional use cases and find it quite versatile for any IT environment.
Windows deduplication can be used for backup file shares, volumes for application dumps (like SQL server log backups and log flushes) and general application volumes for systems. This may be a candidate for virtual machine template/library build process configuration.