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  1. subnet_rx

    subnet_rx Thread Starter

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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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    Then... can't - theoretically - a USB hard drive be shared?
     
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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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    Good point. I haven't got any other feasible ideas... sorry.
     
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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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    Are you saying that at no time does any two users access the same files? :confused:
     
  13. carrotstix

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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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