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NAS and Exchange 2002

Regarding NAS and Exchange 2002, specifically -- per this article: https://searchstorage.techtarget.com/news/801812/Microsoft-clarifies-Exchange-NAS-compatibility, 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
2) Which version of iSCSI do they like, and how does one go about getting one's NAS server certified for this application?


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.

Randy Kerns
Evaluator Group, Inc.

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