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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hello! is it possible to use a desktop PC (HP Z400 workstation) as a server? I have a 2 port Fiber PCIE card installed in it but cant seem to find a way to access the information in my drive storage unit (apple Xserve RAID) at all on windows 10, or windows server 2016. Been trying to accomplish this for years, cant seem it figure it out. Any tips?

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i think its likely due to it being an apple product, so likely incompatible with windows. i could be entirely wrong, but that wouldn't be out of the ordinary for them


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Just now, GrockleTD said:

i think its likely due to it being an apple product, so likely incompatible with windows. i could be entirely wrong, but that wouldn't be out of the ordinary for them

I've seen them used in Sun Oracle systems, they send the data over fiber just as any other non apple drive bay. I'm just confused as to what the best OS or application to utilize the fiber card properly to access the data is.

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18 minutes ago, RyanMV said:

I've seen them used in Sun Oracle systems, they send the data over fiber just as any other non apple drive bay. I'm just confused as to what the best OS or application to utilize the fiber card properly to access the data is.

ah. to be honest, networking isn't really my specialty, but as for the Z400, yes, it should be perfectly capable, hardware wise at least, to use as a server.


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20 minutes ago, GrockleTD said:

i think its likely due to it being an apple product, so likely incompatible with windows. i could be entirely wrong, but that wouldn't be out of the ordinary for them

Yeah, I believe the old apple file system (forgot what it's called) doesn't work on Windows whereas their new one (Apple Extended Journal?) does work


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Apple's standard to connect from Windows to Apple was called "Rendezvous". This has been cancelled and will likely no longer work. The current but still somewhat outdated standard is called "Bonjour". It's usually included with iTunes (32 and 64 bit variants available).

 

Also check Apple's official Xserve RAID Manual: LINK to Apple

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Did you check raid utility for raid box that everything is working fine there?
Is AL FC loop up?

Maybe you have set your FC card only in fabric mode (not AL)?

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