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  • Just wondering if there is a way to write new storage drivers. It would be cool if there was a way to add NAS (network attached storage) support to the storage pool. Anyone researched the possibility of this with the new API's?


    Friday, May 4, 2007 5:49 PM

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  • I wonder, though, how much market demand there would be for the ability to add NAS-based storage
    to the WHS storage pool. That's starting to sound like a pretty complicated network setup, more like an office environment running SBS or Server 2003.


    In fact, for my own needs, I'm using WHS instead of a NAS. WHS gives me everything I needed from NAS, plus it's much easier to added additional functionality than it would be for me to add similar functionality to a NAS box.

    Thursday, May 10, 2007 7:33 PM
  • I'm also running WHS rather than a NAS, but I think that once the Beta has expired I will probably go down the NAS route as it will offer me everything I want but without the added overhead of running another box that will need looking after.
    Friday, May 11, 2007 4:13 PM
  • I'm thinking more for the people who already have NAS solutions, but are looking to transition to WHS...for example, I have 1 computer with 1.2TB and three or four others with less. The 1.2TB is partially being backed up to a Buffalo NAS that is 600GB (it was originally being completely backed up, but I added another 600GB to my desktop). Obviously I'd rather not go buy a second computer with 1.2TB of space, it'd make more sense to get a computer with 600GB and attach the NAS to it.


    To simplify the network setup, the WHS would have a dual gigabit card, one connected to the network, the other to connected to the NAS(s).

    Tuesday, May 15, 2007 4:27 PM
  • Evening,


    From my point of view, having the access to NAS available, would mean using it the other way - backing up the WHS to a NAS device.

    I'm sure a large proportion of the prospective customers will already have a NAS device in use, so incorporating NAS access would work either way, both TO and FROM




    Wednesday, May 16, 2007 6:01 PM
  • George, I'm sure you could write a new storage driver. However, the remote location of the storage device makes adding a NAS to the storage pool a pretty big challenge; you need to get the driver loaded before a bunch of the WHS services, and I suspect that means you need it up before your network stack is fully initialized.

    There have been some reports that folks have been able to get some flavors of NAS to work that way, but I believe they're working with the ones that come with custom driver software, not the ones that just share out everything via SMB. Check over in the Hardware forum; that's where I remember seeing the mention.
    Wednesday, May 16, 2007 7:44 PM
  • I agree having an option to backup WHS to a NAS would be helpful. I already use the fourth drive as a WHS backup. I also have 3 other older 1Tb RAID 5 NAS units. I would like to store a copy of the WHS backup on these.

     Last week I lost a 1.5 SEAGATE drive. I had to format and reload OS. I restored all my files from the backup and dam glad I used the forth bay as a backup.

    Bill F
    Naperville, Il
    Tuesday, November 3, 2009 4:02 AM