Sun 7410 Unified Storage + SAN/Userspaces Question
First post, but I've been keeping an eye on the forums as a couple of people I've been working with are on here. I've recently bought a Sun 7410 Unified Storage System with a 22TB J4400 Array and three flash accelerators. I know there has been quite a bit of discussion on the Sun 7000 series, but it's been mainly aimed at the lower end 7110 and 7210 models, so if anyone has any questions about the 7410 then I'll do my best to answer them, although be aware I haven't fully deployed it yet in production so I won't have all the answers!
(Thanks to Andy at Cutter Project and Phil at Sun for their help, very good people to work with!)
On to my related question...
For those of you who have a SAN and Windows users with roaming userspaces/profiles, how have you got them saving directly to the SAN? At present we have three Windows servers with shares for userspaces and profiles, these locations are set in the user account in Active Directory and the 'My Documents' folder is redirected with Group Policy.
I'd like to have these users (1600+ of them) writing directly to the SAN to remove the Windows server overhead and point of failure. However, I'm starting to realise some issues like the ability to batch-create user shares and set permissions on them (easily done with our Windows user account tool), granular control of file and folder permissions, and quota management at the level provided my Microsoft's File Server Resource Manager.
If you're using a SAN with lots of Windows users, how do you create and manage the shares required on a large scale? I realise this isn't a problem with the Sun box (it fully supports AD and CIFS, and does no less than NetApp or EMC kit to my knowledge), but more a 'what's the best practice' question.