eWEEK Labs Evaluation: Snap Server 730i - Beginning the Configuration

 
 
By eWEEK Labs  |  Posted 2007-11-07
 
 
 

eWEEK Labs Evaluation: Snap Server 730i

The Snap Server 730i is an iSCSI SAN (storage-area network) contained in a 1U (1.75-inch) chassis. Behind the front bezel are four hot-swappable SATA (Serial ATA) drives totaling 3 terabytes. In the version I tested, one drive was a hot spare and three we

eWEEK Labs Evaluation: Snap Server 730i

eWEEK Labs Evaluation: Snap Server 730i - Snap in a Stack

The Snap Server 730i lets users add as much as 33 terabytes of storage in an external, 2U (3.5-inch) chassis. Depending on the drive type, this can mean adding as many as 96 drives. Photo: Adaptec

eWEEK Labs Evaluation: Snap Server 730i - Snap in a Stack

eWEEK Labs Evaluation: Snap Server 730i - Managing the 730i

The Snap Server 730i comes with ASM (Adaptec Storage Manager). ASM lets users view the status of iSCSI Snap Servers on the network and make configuration changes. Image: Wayne Rash

eWEEK Labs Evaluation: Snap Server 730i - Managing the 730i

eWEEK Labs Evaluation: Snap Server 730i - Beginning the Configuration

Before I could start configuring the Snap Server 730i for use as an IP storage target, I had to set its network configuration. I could tell the device to use DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol), although Adaptec recommends against it.

eWEEK Labs Evaluation: Snap Server 730i - Beginning the Configuration

eWEEK Labs Evaluation: Snap Server 730i - Windows Woes

The Snap Server 730i requires the use of the Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator with a Windows Server-based system. This is a drawback because the iSCSI Software Initiator is complex and tedious to set up, its documentation is weak, and it doesn't always

eWEEK Labs Evaluation: Snap Server 730i - Windows Woes

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