Advise on seperate box to extend storage
There is this primary school that we do support for, that uses a Dell PowerEdge 860 as a win2003 active directory domain controller.
The problem is the storage which is about to run out of. Basically it's using a pair of Seagate SAS 74GB hard drives in Raid 1. All school software, shared areas and user's personal folders are stored on the Raid.
When comes to getting more storage there are two options. One is to upgrade the storage on the main Server and another one is to add another Server with more storage capacity.
The problem with the Dell PowerEdge is that it is a 1U Server and there is no space inside to put additional hard drives. The only way is to replace the existing hard drives with big ones, which is quite risky in case something goes wrong(except if someone has a different opinion).
When comes to the second option I got an old HP NetServer 800(dual 733Mhz P3's, 512MB ECC SDRAM, ServerWorks chipset), an adaptec PCI 64bit HostRaid controller and 2 Samsung Spinpoint 1TB hard Drives. That Server also has builtin tape recorder which will be helpful.
I was thinking of getting windows 2000 server or a linux distro on it and connect it somehow on the main Server, then redirect the Shared Areas on that one. Also have it running as a NAS box with free NAS could also be an option.
I am not exactly sure which way to go and would be interested to listen to your opinions on this matter :nerd: