Solved

Dell Powervault NX3200

Posted on 2014-01-09
5
1,577 Views
Last Modified: 2016-11-23
Hi all.

I'm looking for some insight and direction. I have a server that needs to be replaced and it's been suggested that a NAS (Powervault NX3200) could be a possibility versus purchasing a new server. The solution will be strictly as a file "server". We have file sharing in several locations and it's time to nip that in the bud by moving all file shares into 1 location. I understand the Powervault comes with Windows Server 2012 installed. Is this a good option to replace an aging server and move file shares into a NAS?

As an fyi, I do have an Equallogic PS6100XS in place that's running like a champ with a 2-node Hyper-V cluster. (I am about to add a 3rd node within the next few weeks). However, I did make a mistake purchasing the 1 gig instead of spending a few extra bucks for the 10 gig initially. (I was led to believe it could be upgraded to 10 at a later date. That was the BIG mistake but that's another talk show.

Eddie
0
Comment
Question by:Eddie_1
  • 2
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 55

Accepted Solution

by:
andyalder earned 500 total points
ID: 39771386
>I understand the Powervault comes with Windows Server 2012 installed

Not exactly, it comes with Windows Storage Server 2012 installed. Storage Server has a few limitations, it can't be used as an application server except where the application is storage related and it can't be an active directory server. It's a good choice if you just want file/print though and have AD elsewhere since you can run virus checkers and backup software on it which you can't do with some other NAS boxes.
0
 

Author Comment

by:Eddie_1
ID: 39771464
So, it can't act as a DC but can be joined to a domain? Since I have a san, I asked my Net Admin about building strictly a file server vm and it was strongly suggested that idea was not a good option. Do you have an opinion?
0
 
LVL 55

Expert Comment

by:andyalder
ID: 39771624
Yes, it joins a domain and uses that for access permissions.

Plenty of other people have their file servers as VMs but it can be cheaper to use a dedicated server since those internal disk slots are much cheaper than on the SAN.
0
 

Author Comment

by:Eddie_1
ID: 39771775
A NAS is being considered as an option to a new server with cost as a comparison and wanted to make certain that would be a good way to go. Thanks for your insight andyalder!
0
 
LVL 42

Expert Comment

by:kevinhsieh
ID: 39772894
If you have the SAN capacity, I would just add a VM to act as a file server. I have been doing that with EqualLogic storage for about 6 years now. It is a good suggestion unless you don't have the capacity.
0

Featured Post

PRTG Network Monitor: Intuitive Network Monitoring

Network Monitoring is essential to ensure that computer systems and network devices are running. Use PRTG to monitor LANs, servers, websites, applications and devices, bandwidth, virtual environments, remote systems, IoT, and many more. PRTG is easy to set up & use.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

The 6120xp switches seem to have a bug when you create a fiber port channel when you have a UCS fabric interconnects talking to them.  If you follow the Cisco guide for the UCS, the FC Port channel will never come up and it will say that there are n…
Hyper-convergence systems have taken the IT world by storm and have quickly started to change our point of view of how the data center should and could be architected. In this article, I’ll explain the benefits of employing a hyper-converged system …
Along with being a a promotional video for my three-day Annielytics Dashboard Seminor, this Micro Tutorial is an intro to Google Analytics API data.
Email security requires an ever evolving service that stays up to date with counter-evolving threats. The Email Laundry perform Research and Development to ensure their email security service evolves faster than cyber criminals. We apply our Threat…

776 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question