We run a Windows network and have two graphic designers on Macs running OSX 10.4 that are on the domain and can access SMB shares. I'm looking at trying to increase storage space for our Macs.
We have also run out of storage space for our backup system, ShadowProtect Server, in that the backup images are now too large for the current backup host. The current host can't hold any more drives.
Ideally, what I want to do is kill two birds with one stone. I'm thinking of buying and setting up a PC with Windows as a host for our nightly backup files. I'll load it with HDDs and partiion it in half. I want to have one partiion as NTFS (which will host our backup files), and format the other partiion as HFS+ to host 'working' Mac files exclusively.
I'm aware that FAT32 is avilable, but I've heard that FAT32 doesn't do so well for Mac resource forks on working files. So I was hoping to keep that partition HFS+. This obviously won't be visible on the Windows OS, so I don't know if or how you could format it and make it available as a Mac share.
If possible, I'd like to avoid using a NAS device but I'm open to the option.
So I guess the question is, can you have a Windows PC with a shared HFS+ partiion available for Mac working files? If so, how? And if not, are there better/other suggestions?