File Server Hosting in NatApp?

Hi Friends,

I am going to buy FAS2240-2 for storing my VMs.

can anyone pls advice if I can use the same box for hosting Fileserver to assign some shared network drives to my domain & non-domain windows -7 users? so i will not have to host a separate Win2012 as a Fileserver to serve storage for users.

pls advice & confirm with some useful links.

thanks in advance....
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
Yes, but make sure you have a CIFS license.  You can then join the controllers to the domain and use it as a file server

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Using the FAS as fileserver will work much better than using a W2012 VM as fileserver.

Performance will be better and you get all Netapp features such as snapshotting and deduplication on your shares.
Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
The new inline compression also does a good job, in conjunction with dedupe, it saves you a good bit on storage.
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