ok to use NAS as storage server?

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hello everyone,
I about to virtualize our AD-structure to two ESX4 hosts with HA. The vms (8) are stored on a storage HP MSA3212i.
Now, because we have "plenty" of diskspace on our storage (at least more than we had on our fileserver), I want  to create a volume on the storage and use it as a fileserver, I want to attach it to our fileserver and create share and directories on it with ntfs permissions and so on.
is that okay? (we have about 30 users). would it affect performance a lot?
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We had a NAS (W2K3 Storageworks box) a few yrs back, connected to a SAN...created file shares, etc. and had no problems. What we do now is just create LUNs on our SAN, then add those LUNs as volumes (raw device mappings or VMDKs) directly to VMs in vSphere. I have had no problems with either way but like RDMs in vSphere better. You shouldn't notice any performance issues.

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I never had problems having that kind of configuration, It is common to use the spare spare on a virtual server as a NAS...

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thank you! feel better now.

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