The drobopro, and server, and workstation are connected to the same gigabit switch.
Eventually the server will use a dedicated direct connect to the drobopro, but for now the drobopro will stay on the switch.
I got to enjoy Kernel Panics on my Mac when I had used 2 copies of dashboard (not at once, just installed on 2 Macs). Good times. I eventually had to delete the dashboard from my laptop, to keep Drobo happy on our main machine, although when I shut that down, if my laptop is on the network, it mounts onto my laptop automatically - without even dashboard being there.
Of course this is on Macs but the issues are probably cross platform.
I have Dashboard on 2 Macs. I can “move” the DroboPro between machines by powering down one Mac. When this happens the Dashboard on the other Mac finds and mounts the DroboPro. I puzzled this together, but its not worth doing - its a manual process, and, more importantly, the perforance gain from direct mounting vs sharing via afp is only about 10MB/sec. 65MB/sec when mounted vs 55MB/sec when shared via afp.