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Windows 2003 drive without fiber



I'm new to NetApp, but we have a FAS2040 running NetApp Release 7.3.2.  It is ethernet connected, not fiber. We primary use CIFS and NFS shares to access our volumes.

However we have one application that won't work with a windows mapped drive -- it wants a "physical" drive.  The problem appears to be that the drive mapping happens after the application service startup, so a mapped drive isn't visible yet.

What options do I have with my NetApp to present a disk to the Windows server?  I know with fiber I could present a real disk.  I think I could do that with iscsi, although I've never done it.  Any other options?




Re: Windows 2003 drive without fiber


iSCSI or FC can do this.

Alternatively, could you virtualize the server? Having the VM sit on NFS would allow the server to think its storage was on a "physical" disk

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Re: Windows 2003 drive without fiber


Great suggestion -- this is a VM already, but I totally forgot about the NFS vmdk option.  That's perfect. Thanks

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