AD intgrated FIleserver

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Anthony.Vandenbossche posted this 10 February 2017

Hi All,   This is not a 100% AD topic, but I thought I’d give it a try.   A customer of my firm, the largest hospital in Belgium (UZA), has installed and configured a Linux fileserver system with about 192TB of storage below it (HP 3PAR). Unfortunately they have had troubles with data corruption on this filesystem and wish to redesign this solution. The requirements are as follows:   1.      200 TB in 1 big volume (I know…) 2.      SMB support 3.      AD integration possible, NTFS perms 4.      600 concurrent sessions   I was thinking about a solution with regards to Storage Pools on Server 2016, were we would aggregate 16TB LUNS (max LUN size of 3PAR is 16TB so it seems) into 1 192 TB volume using Storage Pools. The server where this Storage Pool resides will act as an iSCSI initiator towards the 2016 Fileserver (Cluster). However, I have no idea if this setup would be performant enough for a production Fileserver. I’ve already seen this setup for a DPM backup environment running on VMWare, to which we presented aggregated MSA LUN’s (through iSCSI) and it worked fine.   What do you guys think of the solution above? Any other ideas (probably yes J)? Thinking outside the Microsoft box is allowed J.   Kind Regards,    
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benwayj posted this 10 February 2017

Take a look at Nasuni

 

Its cloud storage with local filers for performance.

 

We’ve been running it for around 5 years. We love it and use it around the world.

 

jb

 

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a-ko posted this 10 February 2017

I’m a big fan of doing the Windows file server clustering and using Windows as the front end to the storage largely because of things like DACLs and some of the newer SMB 3.1

features. Most vendors typically lag (hard) behind stuff like this. And even aside from the vendor lag, SAN management and storage management typically lags behind implementing newer versions of the OS’ (think of how long it can take some folks to move from

7-Mode NetApp to Cluster Mode).

 

Windows being Windows, it’s relatively quick, easy, and painless to move to newer servers, and use things like DFSN/R to flip people around after data is replicated/seeded. And

it makes data migrations dead easy and transparent to the end users.

 

So if all you’re looking for is “basic file storage” with “basic” NTFS-compatible ACLs (and Kerberos support, etc.)—then there are a number of options. But if you want some of

the far more advanced functionality that Windows supports, I’d say stick with Windows front end servers.

 

As far as your design, I’d say it’s good. Depending on your SAN setup you could probably get away with a much simpler Windows storage space setup. Or if you wanted the storage

space to be more “storage aware”, you could do things like pooled shelves, stuff like that. Then you could get away with dummy storage shelves with large DAS arrays for file storage. But takes a bit more knowledge to set that up without losing data, etc.

 

-Mike Cramer

 

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Anthony.Vandenbossche posted this 13 February 2017

Hi All,

 

Thanks for the input. We are currently looking into some other possibilities, as the client wishes to retain the 3PAR storage.. GlusterFS is one of the options, as well as HP

StoreAll en NetApp Ontap.

 

I will let you guys know what we decided in the end.

 

Kind Regards,

 




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a-ko posted this 13 February 2017

You can still retain the storage, just using ISCSI + Windows VM front ends. That’s what 99% of these systems are set up for anyway.

 

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danj posted this 16 February 2017

+1 for windows fileservers + iSCSI, although you'd probably need some other mechanism to serve NFS as your linux teams won't trust it on windows :)




A client just bought Dell Compellent NAS, then asked me to implement Dynamic Access Control. Dell say "FluidFS does not support DAC, and we have no plans to support it". oops. Netapp ontap

does support this however.




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