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Using CIFS share caveats and best practice for EV Vault Store

Created: 08 Nov 2013 • Updated: 06 May 2014 | 3 comments
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Hi Folks,

Can anyone here please share me the knowledge or your story in designing and deploying the EV server in your company to supports large data growth bigger than 20 TB ?

My current storage array is EMC VNX which can provision both block Storage Group and also file level CIFS share.

Thanks in advance.

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Sortid's picture

I went to use CIFS a couple of years ago on a VNX as I liked the idea of the partitions being more easily transportable (works well with building blocks), plus built-in replication was attractive.  Would only use for partitions, not indexes though.  Unfortunately, we couldn't use in production as we didn't have 10Gb available, and we couldn't use ether channel to trunk the 1Gb ports.  So we maintained block storage for about 80TB of partitions. 

Currently setting up EV storage at another site, but is VMware based and block only, no CIFS available.

John Santana's picture


So did you end up with using the CIFS share as the EV VaultStore or just provision another native RDM LUNs to the EV virtual machine ?

Because at the moment the Physical RDM on the array is very hard to manage.

Kind regards,

John Santana
IT Professional


Please be nice to me as I'm newbie in this forum.

Rob.Wilcox's picture

@John, did you get what you need from this post, or do you need more assistance?