External CIFS Application Repository - Is this possible?

New Contributor III

Good Morning All,

I am looking to transition my JSS from running 8.7.1 on a Mac to 9.0 on Windows. I am currently looking at building a DEV/PROD environment for testing and my biggest concern has become storage. I would like to run windows and the JSS on a VM, but have the Application Repository be something like a CIFS share on my NETAPP SAN. Is this possible or would I need to have the Application Repository on the local server?

Also, my biggest question is when I am ready to move the App Repo, what would be the best utility to use in order to copy 600GB worth of installers to the new home, all while preserving the permissions?

Thanks for any suggestions.