[kwlug-disc] NAS in 2013

L.D. Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Tue Nov 12 07:54:39 EST 2013

On 11/12/2013 03:16 AM, Paul Nijjar wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 12:54:25AM -0500, Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
>> On Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 12:34 AM, Paul Nijjar <paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca> wrote:
>>> Suggestions? Corrections? Horror stories?
>> Are the clients to this backup server UNIX-ish only, or a mix of UNIX-ish
>> and Windows and OS/X?
> UNIX and Windows. The iSCSI is some crackpot idea I have to use
> Windows Server Backup (which wants "raw" local disks to be most
> effective, not network shares).

In many ways, the best way for a Linux box to serve disk to a Windows
box is via iSCSI: give it a block device and let it do what it wants.
>> Will this box be mainly write only (to save the backup to), or will it be
>> serving the backup stuff to same or other machines?
> It is mostly write-only except that once a week it will mirror itself
> offsite (which admittedly can get tricky with raw block devices).

Sounds like a job for ZFS snapshots and send/receive:
> - Paul

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