Network Upgrade

Greetings. I'm needing to make some changes to my SBS network.

What I have now is a SBS 2008 server (with Exchange 2007, etc.) and attached to a server 2003 is a DELL Power Vault 220S with 1.6TB of data. Mostly autocad files and lost of images (large files).

I  know the click is ticking on the Server 2003, and I'm almost out of disk space on the Power Vault.

My question is why cant I just eliminate the 2003 and buy a NAS to replace the Power Vault and connect it directly to the SBS 2008 server?

Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance.
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Rodney BarnhardtServer AdministratorCommented:
Personally, I do not see why that will not work. You did not really specify if the 2003 server is doing anything other than providing file share access. If that is all it is doing, then purchasing the NAS would be the way to go. You could configure DFS on the 2008 to offer name space to the NAS as part of a mapped drive. That is all we use DFS for off of our DC.

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cpmcomputersManaging DirectorCommented:
How are you thinking of connect the NAS to the sbs box and what about backing it up.

You may want to look at setting up the NAS
As an iScsi target on its own NiC

Symbology QNap and DATTO all offer this
And the initiator is a wizard driven feature that comes with sbs2008

There are options for automatic backup to the cloud also worth investigating
cpmcomputersManaging DirectorCommented:
If you are not familiar with iScsi
This link provides a starter
Rodney BarnhardtServer AdministratorCommented:
There should be no need to connect the NAS to the SBS server? Most NAS systems are stand alone and server CIFS up directly. We use a 16TB NAS that just sits on the network with no type of connection to the server. It has an AD name, IP address, and AD permissions set on the folders. You do bring up a good point about being able to back it up. The backup applications should be able to do NDMP by setting it up that way. Personally, I am not a fan of using the Cloud there are many issues people do not consider.
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