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I'm looking for a simple network file storage suggestions. I have a 5 computer network that needs to all be able to access certain files at different times.
 

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How performance intensive are the applications? Are you trying to run multi-user applications that will be sharing a single file or database?
 

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No performance intensive at all. For instance, one of the applications is a group calendar file.
 

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yes, but this is in a work environment and two or more computers may need to access it at the same time. My initial thought was something like this, but wanted to get other advice/suggestions on solutions.
 

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Either I don't know what the hell I'm talking about, or you misunderstand me. I was suggesting you share the USB drive via network.
Wouldn't that work?
 

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Yes, but one or all of the computers might be turned off. What would I connect the USB to? I'm was considering setting up an entire server with maybe Windows Server 2003 installed, but that would seem like overkill just to have some files that I can access from all computers.
 

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The only issue will be the shared files, if multiple folks are access them at the same time, you need a server that's smart enough to handle file and record locking. That's why I asked about the specific application.
 
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John, have you ever experienced IBM's VSAM file system and its Share Options ?? :eek:
 

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I doubt file-locking will be needed since all the computers are in the same room. They are turned on and off according to their specific tasks.
 
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subnet_rx said:
I doubt file-locking will be needed since all the computers are in the same room. They are turned on and off according to their specific tasks.
Are you saying that at no time does any two users access the same files? :confused:
 
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Since all you need is simple file sharing, would something like this work?

Network Attatched Storage device (NAS)

It is independant of the PC's and only costs about $80, plus the cost of the IDE drive of your choice. You can also get this particular one with a drive already installed. Both NewEgg.com and Buy.com cary some of this line.

You can do a search for NAS on this forum and find other choices that might work for your application.

Hope this helps,
Dave
 

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You should be aware that this box being recommended is not traditional NAS storage, but rather NDAS connected. The box does not use TCP/IP to communicate, and you must install the NDAS driver and map a drive letter to the disk to use it.

The latest drivers finally do allow multiple read/write access to the NDAS disk, older drivers restricted write access to a single station.

I have a couple of these, and they have advantages and disadvantages. They're pretty fast as cheap network storage goes, but as I mentioned, they need non-standard drivers.

You could consider something like the Buffalo TeraStation which is a true NAS and has the ability to connect an external drive for automated backups of the NAS drives.
 
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