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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
Award-winning Technology Leader with a wealth of experience running large teams and diversified industry exposure in cloud computing. From shipping lines to rolling stocks.In-depth expertise in driving cloud adoption strategies and modernizing systems to cloud native. Specialized in Microsoft Cloud, DevOps, and Microsoft 365 Stack and conducted numerous successful projects worldwide. Also, Acting as a Technical Advisor for various start-ups.

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