Open ZFS File-System Running On Windows

Written by Michael Larabel in Microsoft on 24 October 2017 at 07:44 PM EDT. 23 Comments
At the OpenZFS Developer Summit today besides an Oracle engineer talked of hope for upstreaming ZFS in Linux, another interesting session was showcasing Open ZFS running under Windows.

OpenZFS contributor Jorgen Lundman has been working on the Windows port of OpenZFS and has it running successfully within a virtual machine. The code for this port is currently in GitHub's lundman/zfsin. Of course, this is an unofficial port and Microsoft has not expressed any interest in bringing ZFS to Windows, especially given their current focus on ReFS.

This developer has much of Open ZFS running within Windows as a native kernel module but among the functionality currently missing is ZVOL support, the ability to compile ZFS on top of ZFS, and some remaining bugs as outlined on the aforelinked GitHub repository.

It will be interesting to see what comes of this OpenZFS on Windows support in the future.
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