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Windows storage server 2008 r2

Last response: in Storage
July 25, 2012 3:05:34 PM

Good afternoon all,

I'm currently building a new nas box,

AMD Athlon X2 250 3.0Ghz CPU - ASRock N68 VS3 Motherboard - 2GB DDR3 1333Mhz Bundle £89 from amazon
EXDISPLAY LSI SAS3442E-R Storage controller (RAID)- Serial ATA-300 / SAS 300 MBps £99 from ebuyer
And I had a modular power supply 650w laying around from maplins I think it was £30.
8x 1TB HDD'S WD green I had for a little while.
4GB CF card

I was thinking of installing nas4free on the box, but then a colleague said as you have a technet sub why not use windows storage server?! The only thing is I'm not quite sure the steps for installing it!

I was just hoping to use the nas as a lun for a few vm's for testing, I guess my questions are:

Does anyone know how to install it?
What spec system it requires?
Is it stand alone (embedded) or do I have to install server 2008 r2 with windows storage server patch on top?
Is it any good for vm's? Connecting to VMware esx 4.0 or 4.1 I can't really remember the number sorry!

Thanks in advance for any help given it's greatly appreciated.

Please excuse any spelling or gramma mistakes I'm not the greatest at writing!

August 8, 2012 12:42:05 PM

just in case anyone wanted to know:

Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials server software is a 64-bit only operating systems.
You can install the server software either manually or unattended
System Requirements:
2.0 GHz x64 processor.
At least one160 GB hard drive.
NTFS is the only supported file system.
Supported Networking Configuration:
Your server computer must be connected via a network cable to a router.
The router should be a UPnP-certified device, but it is not required.
The router should be in the 192.168.x.x subnet, but it is not required.

It is a standalone installation.

Work wonderfully with VMware EXSI 4.1 as a LUN when NFS is enable and permission set.