Overview, Iscsi deployment, 1 overview – Dell PowerVault NX3000 User Manual
Dell Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems run the Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 operating system,
which provides a user interface for:
Initial system configuration
Unified storage appliance management
Management of storage and shared folders
Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 is specially tuned to provide optimal performance for NAS. It provides enhancements
in share and storage management scenarios, as well as integration of storage appliance management components and
Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 provides an efficient and unified file management by extending and consolidating the
management interface. This includes the following features and functionalities:
File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) provides support for performing additional administration tasks.
Share and Storage Management is a snap-in that allows the provisioning of shares via Server Message Block
(SMB) and Services for Network File System (NFS) protocols.
Services for Network File System is a feature that enables NFS systems to access files on the NAS system.
Remote Desktop for Administration provides a Windows Server Remote Administration applet that enables
browser-based remote access to the management console from non-Microsoft clients.
Single Instance Storage (SIS) improves remote management up to 20 volumes per server. It also supports unSIS
or removal of SIS from a volume.
iSCSI is a useful and relatively inexpensive way to provide storage for new applications or to provide a network pool of
storage for existing applications. iSCSI SANs and iSCSI storage devices are popular for a variety of reasons. They offer
the ability to do the following:
Leverage existing investments in Ethernet infrastructures and expertise.
Leverage existing investments in IP protocol.
Offer dynamic capacity expansion.
Simplify SAN configuration and management.
Centralize management through storage consolidation.
Provide scalable performance.
Provide higher storage utilization.
Present volumes as a block storage device.
NOTE: To configure the iSCSI for PowerVault storage systems, see technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/