I am in the midst of deploying a SAN for the first time. It's gone fairly well, but I've run into a decision I'm having some trouble with. I can create file shares directly off of the SAN without creating a file server. I'm stuck on backing up these file shares and protecting them with an anitvirus/antimalware solution.
Our current backup and antivirus solutions require an agent on the local machine. Since there isn't a local machine for a SAN share, this obviously won't work. I could map the shares as network drives to another machine that hosts both agents, but then I've jsut moves the processing load from one server to another.
I'm thinking it will be easier in the long run just to create a file server using SAN for disk space, then install the agents and create the file shares from there. I was trying to avoid burning a Server 2008 license, but I can't see another way to get all of this done.
What say you, Experts? Create a new file server, scan from an existing server or ??