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Are there any reasons not to use Windows Storage Server for other minor things such as running a 3rd party service or application that requires a lot of storage? The reason I ask is because I have a Windows Storage Server that is being used for this purpose. We decided to also run a SVN server & very low use mysql server on it. It has been running great. I'm planning on getting a new one soon & I'm just wondering if there's something verboten about using Windows Storage Server for anything other than SAN/NAS duties? My understanding is that the Storage Server part just adds some software on top of Windows Server that adds some storage specific functionality to the server.

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I'm almost positive that WSS isn't licensed for use by non-OEMs. It is only supported by Microsoft Partners that create storage solutions for integration into their storage devices.

It wasn't meant for roll-your-own solutions. Because of this, I wouldn't recommend doing anything with it, including running your organization's storage.

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This isn't at all correct. The only way to purchase WSS is on OEM hardware; there is no way to buy a license and install it on your own hardware. As such, buying a WSS appliance and using it is totally fine. To answer your original question, running light-weight apps on it is just fine. See here for more info. –  Mark Howell Feb 14 at 22:00

The accepted answer isn't at all correct. The only way to purchase WSS is on OEM hardware; there is no way to buy a license and install it on your own hardware. As such, buying a WSS appliance and using it is totally fine.

To answer your original question, running light-weight apps on it is just fine.

See here for more info.

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