Hello. This is my first post on here so if I am in the wrong area, I apologize. We currently run a FAS 3170 (2 filers) in a workgroup environment. I have been tasked with assisting in migrating this environment to a domain. Servers and workstations were too easy. However, the NetApp is what has me concerned. We don't have storage engineers on this project. Many of the guys have managed shares and user accounts on NetApp arrays, but nothing more than that. So, we have the documentation for joining the CIFS to our domain. We have already created the required DNS records and feel ready to go.
First, I have a few questions:
1. We will have a continued need to grant access to non-domain (remote) users. They access just a few shares. We already have accounts built for them and access granted to them on those shares. Will the shares, permissions, or users go away once we connect the CIFS to the domain? Can we continue to have (non-domain) users access the shares once it is integrated with Active Directory?
2. I read a lot about timing. All the documentation says the Active Directory server and NetApp Filer(s) have to be configured with the same time/date/time zone. Is that always the case? Can I not use Zulu time on one and another country's time zone on the other one, as long as they are still technically the same time?
3. As far as the CIFS domain join goes, do I need to do the process for each filer? They are clustered....
Thanks for any insight you can provide. I am in a pinch and am not going to do anything to the NetApp until receive more information. I cannot afford to lose any data on the shares that already exist.