Our underlying problem is mac file sharing on our Windows 2003 domain. We have about 120 PC's and about 20 mac's (OSX). The mac's are for our art department and have fairly large storage needs - 2 TB right now (but 97% full) and we anticipate it going up to 4 TB in the next year. The mac's have all sorts of file sharing problems, some users get permission errors when trying to access their files or other's files. They all connect to a Netgear NAS device that is 2 TB capacity and they work from there. This was a bandaid solution and the time has come for change!
What I would like to accomplish:
Implementing some new storage-server solution or utilize existing available SAN devices. In either scenario I want to transfer the contents of the Netgear NAS to the new solution. I want to eliminate file sharing/permission problems so that things are seamless for my mac users. I would potentially like to integrate all of this into our Windows domain on some level - or whatever would be the cleanest most operable/problem-free way to do this. I want the solution we put in to be scaleable so that if we need to jump from 4 TB to 12 TB in a couple of years we can do so with ease. Also, some form of manageable backup solution is desired for this mass amount of data - so while we don't have to accomplish that in this thread, keep that in mind with whatever solutions you are thinking about!
I have virtually no experience with making the mac's and their data cooperate on this scale, thanks in advance - this should be fun!
Other footnote: We will be adding a Windows 2008 server to the network within the next 30 days.