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LaCie and iSCSI?

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Posted 23 April 2009 - 09:50 AM

Hi everyone.

I am working on a project given to me by by technical lead, and I've hit a wall, or actually a series of walls.

We have two 2TB LaCie Ethernet Disks that we would like to use as network attached storage (NAS) for use as a data repository for our backup jobs. The idea would be to have all the data copied to the NAS and then copied to tape via iSCSI. My lead is currently out of the office for the next couple of days, so I cannot question him, so I would figured I would see what the combined brain power of the internet could do.

1a) LaCie says that iSCSI is not supported on these drives. Does anyone know if it cannot work, or does LaCie just not want to support this configuration? I've already installed the iSCSI initiator on the box with no problems.

1b) If iSCSI cannot work on the embedded XP install that is on the LaCie drive, has anyone had experience installing a clean version of XP on to one? I would expect some driver issues, but is there any reason that it would not work?

2) Assuming that number 1 can be made to work (ie the LaCie can function in this manner), there is the issue of configuring iSCSI. I have been doing some reading, and realize that there must be a target and an initiator, but that is all I really know at this juncture. Is there a free target solution that is available for Windows 2003 Server SE SP2? I know it was included with Windows Storage Server, but we are trying to do this as a no cost solution if at all possible.

Thank you for your time and patience, and please let me know if something is unclear.

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