Regarding NAS and Exchange 2002, specifically -- per this article: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com/originalContent/0,289142,sid5_gci801812,00.html, MS is saying that they may be willing to certify NAS servers that present a block-mode interface to IFS, such as iSCSI or some other interface, but otherwise, they have no plans to support conventional file-mode access. Two questions:
1) Do they still have that position
Microsoft's position has not changed that I'm aware of. I don't know what version of iSCSI they like. I suggest you ask them directly. Microsoft has a Hardware Compatibility List certification program that you must submit a product into. Since you are a vendor, I would expect that you are familiar with it or someone in your company is. You can get an introduction to it by doing a search on the Microsoft Web site.
Evaluator Group, Inc.
Editor's note: Do you agree with this expert's response? If you have more to share, post it in one of our .bphAaR2qhqA^0@/searchstorage>discussion forums.
This was first published in October 2002