SBS 2003 Premium connected to Drobo B800i via ISCSI

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Ringo, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. Ringo

    Ringo Guest

    Hi All,

    I have a SBS 2003 Premium server (running ISA) nearing max capacity,
    so I acquired a Drobo B800i to increase the storage capacity. The
    Drobo B800i connects to the server via ISCSI (on its own dedicated NIC
    card which I added)...but only problem is, for some reason, the
    Microsoft ISCSI connector fails to find the Drobo B800i. I had this
    working no problem on a Windows 2008 server, but on this SBS 2003
    Premium Server I am having no luck gettting it connected.

    I have a feeling this is a because ISA is running on the server and
    preventing the connection somehow. A Drobo tech doc specifically
    mentions about making sure the firewall is not blocking the ISCSI port
    (but this doc pertains to Windows 7, not SBS 2003).

    Does anyone have any idea how unblock the ISCSI port on a SBS 2003
    Premium box running ISA? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank

    Ringo, Dec 3, 2011
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  2. Ringo

    Steve Foster Guest

    You would need to update the ISA Server configuration to deal with the
    3rd NIC (ie making sure ISA has the right settings to include it and
    know that it's internal), and then set up appropriate rules to cover
    the iSCSI protocol (which from a quick review appears to be use TCP/860
    and/or TCP/3260).

    Note that the CEICW does not cope with 3 NIC scenarios, so any time you
    need to use that, you'll have further work to do to re-enable the iSCSI
    NIC and associated configuration.
    Steve Foster, Dec 5, 2011
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  3. Having lived with ISA and SBS 2003 and iSCSI, everything Steve writes is
    true. But I'd go further. I'd strongly suggest that you would be FAR better
    off buying larger disks and using one of the third party tools that are out
    there to clone your existing SBS installation onto the new disks and then
    swap them out. Managing a third NIC with SBS 2003 and the CEICW is not fun
    (and ugly when you forget to disable that third NIC and you run it.) Plus
    the whole process breaks down if anything critical is on iSCSI provided
    disks, limiting what you can put on them. (For example, do NOT put Exchange
    stores, or SQL data on the disks unless you want to have to do some fairly
    ugly juggling whenever you need to mess with the configuration. )
    Charlie Russel-MVP, Dec 5, 2011
  4. Ringo

    Ringo Guest

    Thank you all for your insight and responses. I also posted to the
    Microsoft Forums, and MVP SuperGumby got my setup up and running (link

    Understood that the SBS Wizards dont perform well with a 3rd NIC, but
    thankfully, we havent had the need to run the wizards in the last 3
    years (i mean really, once you setup SBS, how often do you need to
    reconfigure it - except renew an SSL certificate). We will be
    upgrading to SBS 2011 in early 2012 anyways.

    No Exchange stores will be put on the short, for now the
    Drobo is simply used to provide a TON of document storage for a Shared
    Folder across the Company.

    I'm proud to say this particular SBS 2003 setup has been running
    without a single problem for the last 5 years (SBS ROCKS when
    configured correctly!!!). Only problem is, 5 years ago, storage was
    sold in the Gigabytes and was quite expensive, thus we could only
    afford 500GB of storage space in a RAID 5 array at the time (which
    seemed like a at the time - LOL).

    Now, 5 years later, files sizes have increased significantly and video
    is often the medium being saved to the server, thus a massive amount
    of storage is required. The Drobo ISCSI solution takes care of this

    I will update you all if we encounter any problems, but so far so good
    (in fact, awesome!)

    Ringo, Dec 8, 2011
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