[OpenIndiana-discuss] Multiple Windows servers and a OI NAS, how to get there

Roel_D openindiana at out-side.nl
Fri Sep 7 14:41:37 UTC 2012

Many thanks for the advice. 
I needed this info because we made a mistake by assuming that two Windows servers could share an iSCSI target. This seems to be the road to hell, because NTFS filesystems don't like multiple clients having access to them. Therefore we needed a new solution. 

It seems that windows services can't see the shared drive that is created with option 1 nor from option 2. Now we use the direct link inside ( \\ComputerName\DriveName ) our windows service and then it works well. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Soubie [mailto:robert.soubie at free.fr] 
Sent: vrijdag 7 september 2012 16:31
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Subject: Re: [OpenIndiana-discuss] Multiple Windows servers and a OI NAS, how to get there

Le 04/09/2012 23:13, Natxo Asenjo a écrit :
> You have, I think, two solutions. The first one is only available for 
> newer windows servers, I think. The second is a nice hack that will 
> probably never be supported if you run into trouble but I have used it 
> and it works :-) 1. use mklink 
> (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTFS_symbolic_link) to create a 
> symbolink link anywhere on the local drives to the share.
> mklink /d d:\mylink \\server\share You have to create the link on 
> every windows server, obviously. I used the d: drive, use whatever you 
> like/can :-) 2. run net use letter: \\server\share during computer 
> startup (using group policy). This way it will run as windows user 
> SYSTEM and the drive letter will be available to everybody.

Excellent ! So far, in my context (a ZFS home server with multiple non-server Win 7 clients), I used solution #2. I now find that solution
#1 brings two advantages, and one disadvantage :

a) When using the Windows Explorer function "copy or move a file or directory to some target place", Explorer does not forget any more the last target place used.

b) I can now delete from any Windows box the server thumbs.db files that Windows Explorer creates. I do not know why those files cannot be deleted, Windows users having full control of the SMB share.

c) With solution #1, I lose access to snapshots. However, both solutions seem to be compatible, so...

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