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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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I had it in my mind that she had installed the storage role on a normal windows install- I forgot about WSS. Ah well, one deleted answer :) –  Basil Sep 30 '11 at 17:54

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