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NAS devices and mailboxes

We have heard that NAS solutions from Compaq based on TaskSmart N2400 machines have serious problems with Lotus Domino mailboxes stored on NAS devices due to Netbeui protocol causing user's mailboxes to become corrupted.

Looking at Lotus Web, we found a technical note stating that NAS devices are not recommended but only due to performance issues and that apart from that, NAS must work OK with Lotus.

Have you heard something about that?

Thanks in advance,

Best Regards,


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No, I haven't heard anything about that and I don't see that Netbeui should have any effect on the mailboxes. There's just no direct relationship there. Currently, both major mail packages (Notes and Exchange) recommend against using NAS boxes - both for performance reasons and in handling the logical volumes. In fact, you need to check whether you'll be supported if you use a product against their recommendation. This may change in the future with further developments that will be good for users.

Randy Kerns
Evaluator Group, Inc.


This was first published in September 2001

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