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Windows Server 2012 ReFS Long Folder/File Paths Issue?

Hello Everyone,

I've been looking into ReFS on Server 2012 R2 Standard (a VM running on ESX version 5.5). From what I've read, ReFS is supposed to support 32k folder/file names from the previous 255 limit. For whatever reason I'm still hitting the 255 limit...

My questions are - has anyone had a chance to look at this as well? Is there something else I need to configure? Is it because I'm running a VM?

Sorry to flood the questions, but if ReFS works as advertised my shop really wants to implement it.

Thanks in advance!
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KichiD
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KichiD
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
What you are hitting is an 'explorer' limit not a file system limit. You have to use a different format. To specify an extended-length path, use the "\\?\" prefix. For example, "\\?\D:\very long path".
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/9297bd19-1ed9-414d-9ae9-f7b1a0e94bf9/windows-server-2012-std-refs-limited-to-max-path-length-of-256-characters?forum=winserver8setup
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa365247%28v=vs.85%29.aspx#maxpath
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KichiDAuthor Commented:
Thanks for very fast response/solution!
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Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalCommented:
So does the ReFS works better than NTFS as a file server ?
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