I see from the Storage / SAN Compatibility Guide that NAS devices are supported. However, I did not find any entry for Windows Storage Server 2003 R2-based NAS devices.
Has anyone successfully used a Windows Storage Server 2003 R2 NAS device to store and/or run VM files?
Is it possible to use such a device with ESX3 to store and/or actively run VM files?
I understand it's a product that is licensed only to qualified integrators / OEMs by Microsoft for use in building appliances and other similar storage devices. I do not believe it's accessible outside these privileged channels.
Has anyone tested ESX3 with a Storage Server 2003 R2 powered NAS device?
There is no CIFS support, so that's out. I don't know a lot about WSSR2, but I assume it still has an NFS server built in. If so, as long as it supports NFS3 it should work.
Check out the VMware documentation for the minimum NFS requirements, then check R2 NFS can do it. If so, then it will work.
"Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003 R2: IT Pro White Paper"
page 13, Table 2:
File Sharing Protocols Supported in Windows Storage Server 2003 R2, says:
"NFS 3.0 supported in Windows Storage Server 2003"
CIFS/SMB also supported
The NFS included in Storage Server 2003 R2 appears to be a Microsoft based implementation of NFS ("MSNFS").
"Microsoft Services for Network File System (MSNFS) provides Windows-based implementations of both the client and server aspects of Network File System (NFS), as well as related services and utilities."
VMware - if you are listening, can you confirm / certify (based on the above) that storage devices based on Windows Storage Server 2003 R2 are compatible?
It would appear that, if NFS 3.0 is the requirement, that appliances based on Storage Server 2003 R2 should work... but I'd like this confirmed before I blow my storage budget for the year.
Thanks in advance.
I have tried to install VmWare and a AIO Storage of HP and the problem seems in VDS.
I think VDS of Windows is not compatible with VMWARE, because a system with windows icsi initiator works properly.
If anybody knows how to do , please tell me.