Setup - should I choose iSCSI or "share folders" (new user)

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Setup - should I choose iSCSI or "share folders" (new user)

Postby sjeye2 » Mon Jan 23, 2012 4:48 am

I'm new to QNAP. Just installed a TS-EC-879-URP with 4x3TB in RAID 5. It is connected to my network via CAT5e at 1GHz.

The storage will be used by 3 types of computers:
- regular PC (using XP-Pro)
- Servers using Server2003
- VMware Virtual Servers using Server2008R2.

I need to choose between
- enabling iSCSI on each and giving each PC / Server / VMware VM its own LUN
- setting up share folders on the RAID for each PC / Server / VMware VM and managing security with user/group rights.

I assume that security is easier to manage if I choose the iSCSI.

I am able to run multiple CAT5e and also to put on multiple sub-nets if this gets me more speed.

My questions:
- Is there a difference in speed between iSCSI vs/ shared folders?
- - - I may be able to run multiple CAT5e and set up "aggregation mode" (don't know for sure)
- Are there other important considerations before I set up and start copying files?

Thanks for any advice.

Jim
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Re: Setup - should I choose iSCSI or "share folders" (new us

Postby ipahophead » Sun Apr 21, 2013 5:37 am

I have the same question; bummer there is no reply so far. :(
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Re: Setup - should I choose iSCSI or "share folders" (new us

Postby storageman » Mon Apr 22, 2013 6:40 pm

Yes definitely, you can't multipath shared folders.
You need to do some reading on MPIO and ISCSI.
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