I have an isolated network (no outside connectivity) of 20 Windows10 workstations, that I would need to set up with secure file sharing. The data is essential for the daily operation of the company. Data consists of local databases and file archives. I would prefer data protection over high availability. Some downtime is acceptable but loss of data is not. I would also like for them to be able to do some basic configuration.
I inherited a HP Proliant server with 21 SAS drives (2TB) and 128GB of RAM (used by Redhat KVM virtual machines acting as DC, AD and SMB Fileserver).
After some reflection I have come up with 2 options:
Option 1 is to use the server, create one huge RAID6 array and install xcp-ng with a Windows Server acting as AD DC and FileServer… backups to tape
Option 2 would be to install a NAS (or two?) and use the DC service on the NAS to set up the domain and manage the users… (maybe through RSAT if at all possible)
I am leaning towards option 2… since the GUI of a NAS is more user-friendly for a lambda user. And I am looking into their AD DC capabilities and maybe connecting two NAS together for redundancy/replication… and optionally backups to tape…
Online searches mostly discourage using the NAS as DC… any experiences?