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Creating ReFs Volumes for Exchange 2013/2016

Resilient file system ReFS Requirements –

  • OS Requirements – Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Supports Exchange 2013/2016 Databases or later

Resilient file system ReFS Benefits –

  • Refs can automatically correct the corruption.
  • Even if corruption occurs and cannot be repaired it salvages the place making sure the Volume stays online.
  • Scalability is high keeping future demands in mind.

Note : All Application doesn’t support ReFs Volumes yet, Only Exchange Database and Logs files are supported to keep in ReFs Volumes.

Add the Disk –

Bring the Disk Online


  • Use GPT (GUID Partition Table)

as MBR has a 2TB limit.


Create a Simple Volume – Choose File System Type – ReFS


Disable Integrity Streams by Formatting the Volume you created –

Format-Volume -DriveLetter x -FileSystem ReFS -AllocationUnitSize 65536 -SetIntegrityStreams $false


Now your ReFs Volumes are Ready for Storing your Exchange 2013/Exchange2016 Databases.


Satheshwaran Manoharan
Satheshwaran Manoharanhttps://www.azure365pro.com
Specialized in Microsoft Azure - Office 365 / Microsoft Exchange; conducted numerous projects worldwide in designing, supporting, and implementing messaging and virtualization infrastructure for medium-sized and large enterprises. Further, I am a Cloud Architect and Technical Advisor for various start-ups.

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