I have a 4TB iSCSI LUN that formated as NTFS in Windows 2008. I've shared this formated volume as a folder over SMB. When the capacity of this volume is not enough, I have to add more iSCSI LUNs, but the end-users must see only the folder that I've shared before. So, when I expand the NTFS volume that is currently 4TB, with more iSCSI LUNS(for example 2 more 4TB LUN), if one of the luns is failed, or missing, will all of my data in the folder be lost? I imagine that the expanding ntfs volume is like RAID 0(striped). if it is like RAID 0, then all my data will be lost when one of the luns is failed, or missing. In brief, there are two questions in here: 1- What will be happened, if one of the luns is missing in an expanded ntfs volume? 2- Is there another way to merge all of iscsi luns as only a folder, in that way the users don't see any extra folder even if I add extra iscsi luns to the file server.(I don't mention about DFS) Regards.
You are correct, spanning one volume over multiple LUNs increases its vulnerability to outages. This isn't strictly Raid0, as that implies a striping regime. This is merely one volume on multiple storage entities. If any one LUN goes missing the chances of dataloss are certain. The scale of the loss varies, as files can exist on one, two, or all LUNs in the spanned volume. NTFS doesn't provide a way to isolate directories onto physical device members of a spanned volume.