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Windows Server 2012 R2 - What's the best practice for a file share's size. I have 6 TB of small PDFs, DOCX files that need to be moved to a new volumes.

I'm concerned about file integrity, time to restore from a backup and chkdsk recovery from a corrupt volume.

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A few more details for all of us:
1. NTFS?
2. DFS?
3. Locally hosted OneDrive (or other)?

With:
1. Cloud access?
2. WAN access?
3. LAN only access?
4. Mobile access requirements?

With:
1. Local only?
2. Sync'd to remote sites?

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A few more details for all of us:

1. NTFS? << YES
2. DFS?  << YES, but only used for the namespace, not duplication
3. Locally hosted OneDrive (or other)? << No

With:
1. Cloud access? << No
2. WAN access?  << No
3. LAN only access? << YES
4. Mobile access requirements? << No Mobile Access at this time

With:
1. Local only? << Yes
2. Sync'd to remote sites? << No. Only one site.
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Thank-you for the clarification!

I've never really used DFS but I sure others have better first-hand experience. In the mean time, do these help:
https://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/33297/Microsoft-DFS-Deployment-Considerations-Best-Practises.html
https://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/33311/Microsoft-DFSR-Issues-and-Resolution.html

Anyone else?
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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Virtualized?  Backing up a single large VHD is VERY fast compared to backing up tens of thousands of small files totalling over 6TB.  

I don't think we're the best people to answer how to organize your network storage.  It depends on many factors.  Break them down logically and organize appropriately.  By Department, by client, by date, by employee, something!  but pick something that makes sense for your environment.  And since you're virtualizing (you ARE virtualizing right?  I assume everyone is because of the NUMEROUS advantages it has), don't think about backing up the individual files, backup the VM!
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Is this server physical or virtual?

I like to not have volumes too big. under 2 TB each if possible. Break up your files into a reasonable number of volumes. If you can have shares on the same volume that make sense, do that. For example, I have user files on one volume, departmental on another, software on a third, scanned documents on a 4th, etc. Since you are using DFS Namespace, you can easily move things around while keeping same UNC path.
kevinhsiehNetwork Engineer
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Virtualization helps, but if you ever need to do a full backup, or need to catalog the backup to do a granular restore, smaller volumes sure help!

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Yes, it's virtualized with Hyper-V. Keeping under 2TB does sound good.
Yes, coping one VHDX file is faster than coping the 5 million documents we have.

Thanks!!

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Thanks!