Starting SAN on HP ProLiant DL385

Posted on 2008-11-04
Last Modified: 2013-11-14
I'm a newbie to SAN technology so any additional tips are helpful. I wanted to purchase an iSCSI target and put it on my HP ProLiant DL385 G1 server becuase we don't have the budget for a large SAN.

My questions are:
1. What target software can you recommend for Windows Server 2003/2008?
2. Is it ok to install target on a DL385  or am I working with the wrong hardware?
3. The harddrives are currently maxed out on the server as far as open bays, so how would I expand the physical capacity of the server later down the line? Would I just link an additional server somehow?
4. I am currently planning on using the SAN for 5 virtual machine vhd files, exchange database, and sql database. Any recommendations or advice?
Question by:twcadmin
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    Only target for Windows that I can think of is StarWind from; you can't buy the MS target since it is only sold through OEMs for MS Storage Server.

    Expand storage by adding MSA30/Smart Array 6402 (you could use a SA642 but 6402 is better performance). MSA50/P600 also supported if you have the SAS model DL385G1 (I've never seen one of them, the SCSI model was very popular though)
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    I saw the Microsoft iscsi target from HP.

    Since I have an HP server, would I be able to purchase the target from them eventhough the OS is only Windows 2003 R2 Standard? Is there any limit on iscsi initiators that can connect to this or would i have to pay the $1000 for each initiator i want to connect to the target?

    Is the hardware that i already have a good choice to begin with?
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    They aren't meant to sell you the target unless you have an HP based Windows NAS product to start with.

    "Supported on Windows Storage Server 2003 R2 based HP NAS products: Qualified and licensed for installation on HP ProLiant Storage Server and HP StorageWorks NAS products running Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003 Release 2 Standard and Enterprise Editions."

    It'll probably work (although MS may have built something into it to stop it working on normal server) but it won't be supported or legal to use.

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