This guide addresses the creation and operation of a Server Message Block (SMB) file-sharing solution that uses the most current version of SMB with industry-standard x86 servers running the Windows Server® 2012 R2 operating system (OS). It incorporates best practices from both Nimble Storage and Microsoft to describe the most efficient use of a high-performance and highly available network-attached storage (NAS) infrastructure.
The guide provides instructions with technical tips. It outlines best practices for creating and using a Microsoft® Scale-Out File Services (SOFS) cluster with Nimble Storage® arrays and a Fibre Channel (FC) or iSCSI infrastructure. The guide assume that the audience has a basic understanding of FC and iSCSI concepts, Windows® environments, and Nimble technology.