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Well, I just bought a Buffalo Terastation II Pro NAS. Nice machine, and it's adverstised to work with Active Directory. Problem is, you can only apply permissions to root shares. Any sub-folders or files within the share can't be managed either from the Terastation's browser interface, or through my servers. So... I returned it.

Which brings me to my question:  Can anyone provide me with a suggestion for a NAS That's no more than $750 and I can manage user permissions/access from my server?

Here's a bit more information as to how I need to use it:

Our Proliant rack server has two 72G drives (Raid 1). Rather than spend money upgrading to to 300 Gb drives, (which is the max drive size available for this server)  I would rather use a NAS since I can get greater storage for less money.

- I need to create 2 shares: ShareA and ShareB
- All domain computers will be mapped to Z drive and Y drive respectively
- ShareA and ShareB represent 2 different companies
- I need to migrate ALL of CompanyA's folders to ShareA
- I need to migrate ALL of CompanyB's folders to ShareB
- There are over 1700 folders/sub-folders per company!
- Different folders, sub-folders, (and even some files) have different permission/access levels depending on the domain user or group.

Any suggestions? Thanks!
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Well... If anyone cares - I decided on an Overland Snap server. It can handle NTFS folder permissions and can be managed from the Windows server side.
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Hi Pete.  Don't know if you're monitoring this anymore, but in the hope that you are I'm going to ask a few questions.

With the Buffalo NAS, is there a limit on the amount of root shares you can set up?  Do all subfolders in a root share inherit permissions from the root share?

Did you get your new server directly from Overland?  Which one did you get?  How much did it cost?

Thanks!
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Hello Adam,
I don't know if there is a limit on the root shares. You would probably want to post that question on the Buffalo forums. I didn't look into this, since you can only create a root share from the Buffalo interface. The permissions are applied at the root share and any sub-folders inherit the permissions from the root and can't be changed. I got an Overland Snap Server and I'm testing it. So far it looks like it's going to work well, but then - I've only had it for one day. So far I've managed to update the Guardian OS so that it is compatible with a native Server 2008 Active Directory Domain. I am testing the folder/sub-folder permissions now and they seem to be working well with Windows security. I can manage the folders/sub-folders from my domain controller. I got a Snap Server 210 (2 Tb) for about $1200.00. You can pick up a 1Tb drive for about $850.00.
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Thanks Pete, that's all useful info :)
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