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Vol. 3 No. 4 June 2004

Exchange and NAS On Again

Microsoft has revised its "No Exchange on NAS" policy to "No Exchange on non-Microsoft NAS." For the longest time, Microsoft Exchange and network-attached storage (NAS) have been like oil and water, thanks to a Microsoft policy prohibiting the support of the combination. It's not that Exchange wouldn't work over NAS, says Randy Kerns, senior partner with the Evaluator Group, "but if you have a problem, the MS Exchange group probably will only support you so far." Despite that, Kerns believes NAS is "a great option that requires less administrative efforts than the alternatives," and "translates to a lower cost of ownership and fits better into environments that don't have specific storage administrators." Still, "people avoided doing [Exchange on NAS] because they wanted to avoid issues of finger pointing," says Tony Asaro, senior analyst with the Enterprise Storage Group. But this spring, Microsoft announced that it will in fact support Exchange on NAS, provided that the NAS device is based on Windows Storage Server 2003, plus ...

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Features in this issue

  • NAS on a grand scale

    by  Stephen Foskett

    Do you want to rid yourself of a backup window or two? Continuous backup--also know as continuous data protection--is changing the rules by backing up in real time, or close to it.

  • Down-to-earth HBAs

    Finally, there's an HBA for everyone. Vendors are creating HBAs that are functional and affordable, even for smaller shops.

  • Exchange and NAS On Again

    Microsoft has revised its "No Exchange on NAS" policy to "No Exchange on non-Microsoft NAS."

  • Storage on demand

    Tired of overbuying, overconfiguring or overallocating storage? Utility storage--used in a similiar fashion as electricity or water in your home--may be the answer to your prayers.

  • Continuous protection

    by  James Damoulakis

    Do you want to rid yourself of a backup window or two? Continuous backup--also know as continuous data protection--is changing the rules by backing up in real time, or close to it.

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