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Looking for storage NAS solution, prefer 6 drive, raid 10 or similar, will roll own, windows storage server

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October 3, 2013 7:42:05 AM

I have been looking at a number of solutions - but requirements are fairly concrete..
need AD intigration so that permissions and folder access are controlled that way ( users can not see what they dont have permissions for, and I dont have to go around setting permissions all over the place.)
plan to put 6x4tb, or similar WD RED,.
really leaning to windows storage server..
October 3, 2013 8:07:39 AM

What is this NAS for? To be quite honest, Raid 10 is nice, as it offers performance and redundancy, but not for critical systems. The redundancy protects against 1 point of failure, but 2 can hose you. Ok, now that that is out of the way...

Raid is seriously an aging technology, have you tried any of the new raid techs? Like Drobo's BeyondRaid?

Data Robotics offers some great nas solutions if you want to give their raid tech a try.

QNAP would probably be the way to go with a traditional raid system.
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October 3, 2013 8:13:28 AM

looking for a target for my system backups from the primary server - (SBS) and we are always running out of room, ( over a Terrabyte of data,) and need to keep daily for two weeks, weekly for two months, monthlyfor two years, and annual for at lease a couple of years. also want to set aside a couple of TB for a " public dump" that network users can use as a swap / temp location when migrating machine to machine, or for holding " in progress but not critical project" data that wont be stored on the server. AD integration so permissions propagate correctly and I dont have to micro-manage all the time.
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October 7, 2013 9:51:32 AM

So, Nothing?
Wow. Hoped for some type of discussion on this.
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October 7, 2013 10:37:08 AM

There isn't much to discuss. You want a decent motherboard, a CPU (it doesn't have to be very powerful for that task), 8GB of memory and a case that will fit at least 6 hard disks. What you haven't mentioned is what RAID controller you plan on using. The one provided by the motherboard, software or a hardware RAID controller? How will you backup that server and store the backups off-site? After all it could get stolen or damaged to a point where it no longer can be recovered.
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October 20, 2013 11:21:20 AM

So, here is what I ended up with - Asus C8 HM70-1 board with Celeron , 8 gb SODIMM, Fractal Design Node 304 case, 6x WD 4tb RED, a basic sataIII host adapter ( 4int, 2 ext). Windows Server 2012 Standard. 5 drives in ReFS Raid 5. one drive with the o/s and all on it, extra space set up in a ReFS volume for transient data storage. going to set up a de-duplicated storage backup across the network to a storage cloud connection, for offsite safety. regular system drive backup just in case.
what do you think?
btw, it runs great, speed is pretty well what I expected, no formal benchies yet - it is going to the customer tomorrow and I don't have time.
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October 20, 2013 6:35:03 PM

It's a fine solution as it meets the requirements and it's rather inexpensive.
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