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    Looking To Add Storage Space To Our Network

    We are running Virtual Machines for some applications where students need greater access to the system than I am willing to give them on the physical machines.

    I will have to create 31 Virtual Machines at around 26 GB each [Total > 806 GB]

    I have been quoted for two solutions [both NAS based]

    One: Netgear Ready NAS: 4 TB: £ 1225.

    Two: Western Digital: ShareSpace NAS: 4 TB: £ 380.

    Both have Gigabit connectivity.

    Only the Netgear is Rack mounted.

    My question: I am inclined toward the Netgear solution. However am I concerned that I might be spending more than I need to on this. How would you approach this?

    Must haves:

    • Extra capacity to allow for the creation of more Virtual Machines
    • NTFS on HDDs so that I can set permissions from the network


    Not worried about:

    • RAID
    • Backup [Any data lost data will easily be re-created]


    Domain controller Server OS: Windows Server 2008.

    Thanks.

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    If you are running Hyper-V you could create a 'golden' image of whatever OS your students PCs are running then sysprep and attach differancing images to that - you could cut your disk space requirements down to much less than what you are asking for there.

    (XenServer and VMWare does this to)

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    Thanks. However we do not currently run any of those technologies and I am not familiar with them. I will look into what would be involved in making this work.

    I am still looking for input on the NAS issue though.

    Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveP View Post
    Thanks. However we do not currently run any of those technologies and I am not familiar with them. I will look into what would be involved in making this work.

    I am still looking for input on the NAS issue though.

    Thanks again.
    If your not using Hyper-V/Citrix XenServer/VMware what are you using to run your Virtual Machines?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesfed View Post
    If your not using Hyper-V/Citrix XenServer/VMware what are you using to run your Virtual Machines?
    Microsoft Virtual PC:



    I had discounted this a being one of those technologies. Am I incorrect?

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    Sorry wasn't expecting Virtual PC to be used in such a way. You can still use it to create differancing images, heres a quick guide I found at the top of Google that could help solve your storage problems-
    Creating Differencing Disks with Microsoft Virtual PC

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