sparker (29th January 2011)
sata no.. sas yes.... sata @ 10k is a little too slow . i used 2 x hp dl140's and a 2950 as a san.
The documents and profiles on the remote site are more of a problem and would require a different solution like some kind of storage mirroring between two SANs or something simmilar. Branchcache may help with this but I'm not 100% sure on that. It should help with the speed of file retrival on the remote site though.
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Thanks for that, ill look into branch cache. I have ordered two identical 2950 with the idea of mirroring them but I cannot find any way of doing this for free. The RODC will mean that they can at least login which will be an improvement on the current system. Many thanks , Ill let you know how I get on. BTW I am trying to persuade the school that a part time ICT tech on 20hrs a week is not sufficient for 560 kids, 100 staff and 200 nodes but they keep saying that there is no other junior with a network manager so if you know of one it would be much appreciated!
Otherwise I might have to go and find a real job!
If you are just using the 2950s for SAN then you can install openfiler and set that to mirror between sites Setting up a High Availability NAS/SAN using Openfiler | Easy to Read Articles
Yes, with the RODC as they should still be able to logon, the big thing will be if they have access to their profiles. An option for this would be to have mandatory profiles and have these mirrored using DFS onto servers on both sides. This way the mandatory profile would always be avalible then it would just be the Docs.
Not sure about how openfiler reconciles files after a link fault so that is worth some further research to make sure it does not simply overwrite one side when the link is restored.
I understand the time constraints too, currently I do three schools with upwards of 400 stations and I have no idea how many students and staff. It does get a bit much at times , many times.
Which Dl140s were they ?I couldn't use G2s as they didn't have the VT extensions so I am guessing yours were G4s or better?
How big a SAN did you manage with the 2950?
Thanks for all the advice!
On your own? Respect! Of course probably a lot easier when you know what you are doing .......
g3's. Our sata disks are 160gb i think, so 160*4 = 640 could have gone for the extra one though as the chassis can hold 6.
Also remember that you can use different sata drives in the caddies as long as the raid card supports them so it can be cheaper to buy some old drives and swap out the drives in the caddies with larger drives.
But I thought SATA was too slow for a SAN.....( although we have 2 x 2tb raid 1 at the mo')
I was going to put 2 or 3 2TB samsung drive in a Dell 830 and use it as a Raid 1 or 5 iscsi target for my 2950's
You can use sata you just need to spread the load out between enough of them to make it fast enough.
So SATA drives on a SAS backplane then - sorry I'm catching up slowly perhaps in a RAID 10? Just wondering what is in these servers I am looking at. If it has a SAS backplane then I suppose I could fill it up with SATA drives and use it for my storage as well as for my virtualisation? Does it have to have a separate SAN?
Many thanks for your patience!
Another possibly much easier option for using a server as a SAN would be to use Windows Storage Server which has a bunch of useful features and can be an iSCSI target as well if required.
I had a quick look at WSS W8kR2 and it seems it is only available as a pre install on hardware.
So If I have the 830 as a iSCSI target and two 2950s as my VM hosts in one rack on one site and then I can get everything swapped over and put the current production Acer machines on the other site and set them as RODCs - again as VMs, hat only leaves me with the problem of file access if I loose the site link? Doe sthat sound right /sensible?
Sounds right, may only need one RODC on the remote site. I woud host local site resources like printers for each site on a server within that site. I would also set up a different site in AD (AD Sites and services) and put the RODC in it so that you can better manage replication traffic over the WAN link.
So long as you have dhcp and dns setup right for each site it should mean you still have a reasonably functional network even if the link fails. Documents are the tricky thing as the constantly change, stuff like application install shares can just be replicated or copied via scripts then pointed to via dfs and should be able to be kept live easily in the event of a link failure.
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