Drobo breaking share periodically on Windows Server 2003
Posted on 2009-04-06
Don't know how many of you uses a product called "Drobo" - it is a big storage device that uses up to 4 hard drives, and it kind of acts like a RAID-5 (but isn't) and gives redundancy backup capabilities.
I purchased the Drobo 2nd generation (wish I can have my money back) and it's been nothing but headaches.
The biggest problem is I don't think it behaves well with Windows (particularly Windows Server 2003) - it breaks network share periodically that I needed to reset.
Let's say I created a fold named "shared" under the folder "storage" and shared both of them; the link is \\server\storage\shared - where shared is our company files. So both \\server\storage\shared and \\server\shared will work
However, let's say on individual client machines there's mapped drive that goes to \\serve\storage\shared - one day I come in and it won't work, get nothing but blank or say network resources not available. Long story short the fix is: use the other link \\server\shared (instead of \\server\storage\shared) and it will work.... until the next time it won't work which the "fix" is to revert back to the previous link.
Obviously this is a hassle for all of us at the company. Drobo support is useless and incompetent. Thought there are people in here that have better insights.
Windows Server 2003, 4 GB of Ram, Xeon CPU
Drobo 2nd Generation USB 2.0