A terabyte of storage and a backup media that holds 50G? That doesn't really work.
Reviews aren't favourable either: New To The Charts: LG N2B1DD2 2 Bay Super Multi NAS with Blu-ray Disc Rewriter
Just got this though on a flyer from Misco. What a price too!!
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Ideal for a small school and with the option to export your files\backups
Would be nice if they made them with an LTO tape drive
Compares quite favourably with my WD MyWorldBook NAS drive i got a couple of months ago. Looks pretty as well with the LCD display
I guess the optical drive is useful for offloading critical backups like your SIMs database directly from the box for offsite backup purposes. Can't see i'd use it much at home though. Not bad for tight budgets i guess though.
So you want a NAS that is £1.5K just because it got an LTO4 drive.
Well LTO 4 drive are a little bit pricey so it not appeal to the target market.
not necessarily LTO4 though. Anywa LTO4 isnt thousands. It would be good for people with small business.
I got one just have a play with,
It does work, it doesnt set the world alight in performance but it does what it says on the box.
I chose to keep the drives seperate Vol1 & Vol2 and use the "Selective Mirror" fuction that way I could use all 2TB for storage whilst keeping a sync'd copy of any important folders without wasting a whole drive to a full mirror.
The BlueRay RW drive is really cool, it uses iSCSI so you can hook all of your netbooks up to it and they see it as a locally attached BlueRay.
I had two laptops connected to the BlueRay simultaneously and they both worked fine installing Office from the shared drive at the same time.
I managed to watch a DVD with full menu control over iSCSI via wifi and it was quite usable.
The bit torrent client works but has very limited controls I used it once and decided that I was better off to run utorrent on the lappy and move the files later.
Everything else is pnp, the iTunes server and DNLA all good.
The AD integration worked first time with my 2008 SBS server and the security was easy enough to configure.
If youre looking for a cheap Home Storage Server/NAS box to hook your netbooks upto I think it's well worth a look, at least I dont have to remember the portable DVD drive if I want to install anything on my sammy NC10.
So I give it 4 out of 5*'s for home use but it's not really something you could use in a school.
Dav3y (6th January 2010)
Im using an 2008SBSR1 Server, 2008R2, Vista, XP and Win7 iSCSI initiators.
The built in help describes how to get a Linux version.
I have also managed to get one of my machines that has iSCSI boot capability to boot from a Win7 DVD to attach to it as well!
The online help also gave instructions on how to find the support website and even a UK support number so I don't know what the the reviewer at smallnetbuilder.com had to bitch about.
He never even mentioned the iSCSI feature which is by far one of it's best features!
Now I have a BlueRay Reader/Writer attached to all of my computers if needed.
One tip for anyone else playing with the iSCSI you MUST ABSOLUTELY have your DNS correctly configured otherwise the iSCSI discovery wil not work properly and you will have problems.
As the LG is not a windows box it can't update DNS automatically (unless your policies permit it) so a manual A record in your windows DNS will solve this.
Make sure that you can ping the nas by name and ip before trying to setup iSCSI and avoid using the CHAP or IPSEC options until you know you have it working properly.
My only complaint now is the price of BR Media
If any one has any good sources for cheap BR Media let us all know!
I nominate m25man as edugeek of the month
m25man (6th January 2010)
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