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Backup to disk folder. Which is a better method - NAS or iSCSI?

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I'm planning on installing a 8 TB Buffolo Terrastation III (Rackmounted) on my windows 2003 domain.

I'll be using it to store my backup files from Backup exec as a backup to disk folder.

Should I install this device as a NAS or via iSCSI?
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You can speed up the NAS with iSCSI for it sometimes offers better performance (key word sometimes).  Setup is not difficult but configuring the target and initiator can be a pain sometimes.
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The storage will only be used for storing backup files. No database or anything else will reside on it. So I take it setting it up as a shared drive /NAS would be preferred?

http://www.buffalotech.com/products/network-storage/professional-and-business-class/terastation-iii-rackmount

Thats the model. It states it's a NAS server rather than a iSCSI. So its not compatible with iSCSI then?
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Would be used as a NAS.  Nice thing is it has gigabit ports.  Depending on your version of Symantec backup exec I know I had to setup a special account on the NAS (something like setup the backup exec service account on the terastation) in order to have backup exec register the NAS as a storage location.  I know there was some kind of goofy setup but as of today it still works.
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Ok cool. I'm using BE 12D. So I'd create a shared folder on the TS, after binding it to the domain, and then create a backup to disk in BE?

If the NAS backup is too slow (I've been reading up online, seems like a common issue) can this device be setup with iSCSI?
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Configured the machine as a NAS
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