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Published: 17 Oct 2012

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 a recent Feature Pack, for ... Access >>>

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