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Shrinking a 20TB Virtual Disk Formatted With ReFS

Let us start with a bit of backstory before we dive into the "how to" portion shall we? In the early days of using Veeam, the original backup and replication server I started with was a bare metal/physical server. The primary repository had a capacity of 20TB of usable space and my clients were barely using any of it at the time. Fast forward a few years and I was approaching 16TB of that storage consumed and it was looking like there was no end in sight for growth, so I needed to find a replacement solution. While there were tons of options available, what I chose to go with (for better or worse) was a server which had over 5 times the storage capacity as the original. But, this time I intended to use it as a hypervisor to pull double duty and make storage management of backups a bit easier to deal with... or so I thought at the time...and I was more or less right in the end. Rather than stand up a new Veeam Backup & Replication server and start all over... and in doing

Lessons Learned In Pain: Disk Defragmentation

The joke is that the definition of an expert is someone who's made all possible mistakes in a very narrow field of study. Well... Apparently I'm not an expert yet because I just had made a mistake this past week. Hopefully by sharing this, someone else can learn from my mistake to prevent them from going through the same pain I just did. Thankfully, this mistake wasn't an earth shattering issue. More of an annoyance really than anything. Still... not something I would want to go through again. So, without further adieu... I share with you this "Lesson Learned In Pain: Disk Defragmentation" As a Managed Service Provider (MSP), one of my services is to provide storage for off-site backups. And, as one would expect, I manage the server that these backups land on. One of the storage servers is winding down on its service life but is not yet completely empty. There are still a handful of backups (and most of those are for company internal use) that had either not aged