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  1. Neither personally. You'll find Isilon, NetApp, and Quantum stor next and a few others at the top when it comes to content creation and editing for a studio. That's been my experience with enterprise accounts. The intelligent load balancing and tiering of files that the enterprise vendors offer make them standouts over just a low cost JBOD nas
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    Automated recovery software?

    BackupExec System Recovery (aprox $65 MSRP per desktop) This product can after installed, can be configured to dual boot into the preboot OS(WinPE) and restore the OS partition. It's a very cool product.
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    OT Cisco question

    For simplicity sakes, noise, ease of use, etc... I'd avoid a Cisco. There are things like Mi5, SonicWall, WatchGuard, etc that are much better alternatives.
  4. I find it hard to believe that even with an extended 3yr or 5yr warranty that SATA drives are not covered. It's been a while since I've purchased hardware, but all of my HP MSA20 drives were covered, DL230's, and a few others.. Did you come to this conclusion by reading something, or by actually speaking to someone? Perhaps a call is in order to verify their hardware warranty support on extended 4hr or next-day warranties?
  5. Windows server 2003 RIS or the newer replacement Windows Deployment service is very slick and stupid simple to setup. You can blast out new machine images in no time. Coming from a background of selling competing products to Microsoft's SMS/SCCM, I know how good and simple RIS/WDS is. Even Apple people can figure it out Good luck in trying to deploy Windows from a non-windows platform. You've made life quite hard for your self.
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    data management suggestions for > 1 M files?

    Windows Desktop search what else? Well there is google desktop.. But Enterprise Vault only integrates with WDS Probably not the answer you were looking for. Is the only thing you want to do in "managing," them, is to be able to find them easily?
  7. If you are not using WDS or RIS, or some other commercial deployment tool, yet it's tricky and full of steps and prerequisites. Did you expect a GUI and wizard to walk you through the steps? If you can PXE boot to any OS, whether it's WinPE or even DOS, than ghost.exe or ghost32.exe is a valid option. With some work you can script the driver injection, sysprep, etc...
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    Need a NAS that integrates with AD

    Guess it depends on the HDD config? I think that case, and dont hold me to it, is that it supports 3 or 4 HDD's. So an internal DDS or even internal LTO drive would work. Now the question comes down to what interface drive and what will fit slot wise... I've seen some IBM units that are USB, and U160 SCSI units for LTO-1. Can the case fit a SCSI card? That I'm not too sure of.
  9. Make sure that with iSCSI, that you have independent VMDK's for each volume/partition, and not a singular large VMDK with partitions within it. There is a flaw in vmware's iSCSI implementation that only opens one iSCSI connection per VMDK. Thus you will not be able to leverage the 3 1GB iSCSI ports you have on the equallogic array. As for RAID logic in a virtual environment, it's a moot point for most (>80%) folks... Just keep it to under 2TB LUN's, keep VMDK management based on disk activity, and do not put all SQL and Exch servers on the same LUN, do some sort of logistical balance of VM's, and you're in good shape. I'll put more time into my reasoning later today.
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    Need a NAS that integrates with AD

    So no external connected SAS or SCSI tape drive huh? They do make internal DDS drives that fit in a 5.25 bay
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    Need a NAS that integrates with AD

    Huh? FlexStor 20M.
  12. All of this is good solid information, if you weren't virtualizing all the servers.
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    Need a NAS that integrates with AD

    FYI, Win2k8 Storage Appliance has been announced!
  14. Let me know if you need help with 12.5 Its what I work with day in and day out as I work for the man....
  15. Make sure what ever software you use for backups, supports VCB. That is the only way to backup machines! The only time I use agents within virtual hosts is for database type apps. An no to agents in the service console!
  16. You can virtualize your backup server too! If you want to that is. There is in ESX a SCSI pass through that is supported with some backup apps like BackupExec, and I'm sure a few others. But at the same time, the disk I/O for backup duties is high, and you would have to dedicate some spindles just for backup duties (D2D2T)
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    Need a NAS that integrates with AD

    How about this: At least you can get a list of vendors that are Microsoft listed. I'd start with AMS Storage, then DNF has some really tiny units. Think SFF! From there you can see what else works... But the DNF looks slick, I really want to get my hands on a copy of Storage server, but it's not on MSDN
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    Need a NAS that integrates with AD

    I figure you can get them in small towers no? Like a Dell PowerVault NF?
  19. Agreed. If you have a good SAN with at least 2GB fiber or better. Just use all 12 spindles for storage. 10k or better drives would be ideal. But more so are the RAM requirements and having enough CPU cores. If you are using iSCSI... Unless it's equallogic, VMware and iSCSI do have some limitations that have to be worked around but aren't widely known... FC is just easier in this regard, no tweaking just setup and go. If I had a choice I would be buying something like a Compellent SAN.
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    Need a NAS that integrates with AD

    A server built on Windows Server Storage Edition will get you going... These come from the likes of Dell, Iomega, and HP. If not more... But it's a windows powered server with a few other value adds related to DFS, FRS, reporting, etc.. Not to mention I think it can also be an iSCSI target too!
  21. Did you make any effort to play with cluster sizes, disk alignment, ntfs unit size, etc? If not, your results are meaningless. Any person with the ability to point and click can build an array through a GUI. It takes some skill and knowledge of your hardware to really make it work and work well.
  22. You and I are in the same boat. I need something more than what I can do with ESXi today and the hardware limitations are killing me. But for my work, I would prefer ESX over Hyper-V,but I have to go with something that is also convenient to my needs too. The best part about hyper-v is that if your hardware has win2k8 drivers you are good to go. ideally you get something that is on the HCL, but if windows can see it, you're golden. So a world of RAID cards open up, other non-traditional NIC's, as well as video. Although, many servers builds I do I never install video drivers and just lock in 1024x768 to a KVM device. I would recommend a dual port NIC, even if it's onboard. Either for redundancy and/or throughput needs. Buy as many cores as you can afford, quad core or go home! Between an intel or amd, there is little difference and if we're not talking Opteron or Xeon, it's a moot point. With that said, I'm a huge fan of SuperMicro gear, but that is I believe 100% Intel. Gigabyte has some great AM2+ and AMD3 boards, but I think that AM2/AM2+ is a little more mature IMO. Stick with AMD chipsets as they follow the standard and are typically more reliable than nVidia which is more concerned about cutting edge features. I'm not familiar with Asrock to comment. Which leaves you with a GIGABYTE GA-MA790FXT-UD5P
  23. Even LTO 2 is too expensive? AIT can get expensive if it's the newer flavors of AIT(3, 4 or S-AIT). You know Sony loves to over charge on royalties Other than that, perhaps a Dell RD1000? It's a laptop HDD that gets emulated as tape. But still tape can hold more today than this solution... No DAT, just stay away.
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    Hyper V and SBS 2008

    Take the Vmware approach but add a bit more since it's Microsoft 2-4GB per core and anywhere from 2-4 virtual guests per core. Thus you could run upwards of 16 guests with 16GB of RAM on a quadcore, assuming hyper-V is as efficient as ESX. a single quadcore with 12GB is more than sufficient, just make sure you have enough disk I/O.