Create share for OS X Server, then share Server's fileshare across network?

I do not yet have my Drobo B800fs, but will get it today. I’m trying to figure out how to assign it to my network. I have a MacMini as a server running OS X Server which manages several drives and drive shares that are attached to it. Since the Drobo B800fs is connected to the network directly, I’m looking for a way to have the server manage it. So here is my idea…

I setup the Drobo with a share and a user accessible only by my OS X Server on the network. Then, I assign s share with the OS X Server for users and thus drives it manages. That way, the Drobo shares will only be accessible once users log into my OS X server.

Will this work? Is there a better way to have my OS X server manage access to my Drobo? Or is it even possible? Thanks.

It sounds like you’re using the B800fs like direct-attached storage and planning to share it from your OS X Server?

That in theory could work, but unless you have multiple NICs on your OS X server, you’re significantly reducing the potential client-server bandwidth to your server because the server-B800fs traffic and client-server traffic are all going through the server’s NIC.

Yes, if the mac mini has a thunderbolt connection you could use the thunderbolt ethernet adapter to add the second NIC and trunk the ports.

That could be a really good solution for the B800fs and an OSX server.

Sorry to hijack your thread, but I wanted to ask if you were able to successfully set up this system. I’m doing the same with two B800fs units, that will utilise DroboSync.

Does the Time Machine Service in OSX Server work with a NAS without any issues?