1) Software used in the set-up :
Host system / CIFS Client – Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
VM ZFS iSCSI Target / CIFS – NexentaStor Enterprise Edition 3.0.4 45day trial
Detailed list of a hardware - http://marcinrozanski.blogspot.com/2011/01/hardinfo-051-system-report.html , some of the hard-drives have changed so I've attached a screen dump of my Device Manager plus my quite complicated partition set-up.
LDME stands for LinuxMintDebianEdition, my favourite (at the moment :-) ) GNU/Linux distro, 64bit Debian Testing based rolling distribution with all the codecs universe may need - http://www.linuxmint.com/download_lmde.php .
Disk0 – 150GB WD Raptor with Perpex see-through window – LMDE Swap Partition and Windows 7 “Program Files” space plus I've added here second page file for Windows 7 as the SSD was quickly running out of space. Home to all VMs.
Disk1 – 2TB Hitachi backup drive , copy of the data from other drives - solved in various ways
Disk2 -160GB WD VelociRaptor - LMDE /boot and main / partition
Disk3 – 2TB Hitachi data drive, media, current data , ISOs
Disk4 – 32GB Mtron SSD – Windows 7 install , 4GB free space :-) , only OS and drivers
Windows Server 2008 R2
Simple clean install without any configuration changes.
I've used three HDDs , 5GB each with default / auto partitioning configuration, the other two I've left for CIFS / iSCSI ZFS space. It's not tuned or tweaked in any way, clean install with GUI-only super quick single volume NAS/SAN configuration and some additional “show” commands to present CLI.
3) NexentaStor installation – for detailed process please refer to the official manual.
NexentaStor License screen
OS installation's destination choice.
3) Post install initial configuration
4) iSCSI initiator connected , "show volumes" in CLI
5) ATTO Benchmark against NexnetaStor's iSCSI target from Windows 2k8R2 VM.
6) ATTO Benchmark against NexnetaStor's CIFS volume from Windows 7 host OS.