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Home/SME NAS Box with iSCSI?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Gav, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. Gav

    Gav Kilobyte Poster

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    Hi all,

    I'm looking at building a test lab at home (Hyper-V). I'd like to store the VMs in a centralised location for failover/clustering.

    I've been looking at QNAP/Netgear devices and I was wondering if anyone had any specific recommendations? I've also looked at building a FreeNAS box, which might be an option.

    Ultimately I'm looking for something that supports 4x Hard Drives, iSCSI, and (ideally) RAID10.

    Anyone have something similar at home?

    Thanks,

    Gav
     
  2. craigie

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    I use an ML115 as an iSCSI target running HP StoreVirtual VSA.

    I wrote a little blog series on it, take a look, it might even help a little.

    Part 1 – How To Install & Configure HP StoreVirtual VSA On vSphere 5.1 | vmFocus
     
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  3. SimonD

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    Self build is the way to go, cheaper than a lot of the Prosumer devices with comparible performance.

    Building an Iomega PX6 Replacement – Part One « Everything Virtual has some initial information as does the second in the series here , although I never finished the articles because I didn't ever get the SATA 3 disks I wanted (but to be fair the SATA2's have been working just fine).
     
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  4. Gav

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    Thanks both, I'll take a look at those links. The HP MicroServer has another 'DFS-esque' discount at the moment, so that might be an interesting base for a NAS box. I have a PERC5i controller kicking about somewhere, so I could use that to drive the disks if the onboard controller isn't up to scratch.

    - Gav
     

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