Under Access Right Management,

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one can manage various access rights in the areas noted below.

Domain Security

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in which you can see is currently set up for Active Directory authentication.

Users

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whether that be local or domain users.

User Groups

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whether, once again, that be local or domain.

Shared Folders

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configuration

Quota

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restrictions for the NAS users.

Under Network Services,

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one can setup and configure various networking features that may or may not be applicable for home or SOHO use.

Of particular note is the Microsoft Networking service that may be of interest to those of you that have a Microsoft AD domain such as one created by Server 2012 Essentials.  If you wish to make the NAS part of a MS domain, tick the appropriate box/radio button as indicated below.

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Once ticked, click on the boxed area indicated above, which will take you to the Domain Security section we noted earlier.

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When I originally tried to set up feature, I used the Quick Configuration Wizard which I did not find useful.  Nomenclature in computing is everything and it seems that nomenclature is not very universal.  As a result it took some trial and error to convert MS naming conventions to NAS naming conventions.

From the Server 2012 Essentials System screen, I was able to translate

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  • “Computer name” to “AD Server Name”
  • “Domain” (less .local) to “Domain NetBIOS Name”
  • “Domain” to “Domain”

Once the above data has been entered correctly, enter the Administrator Username and Password, click on APPLY, and your NAS is joined to the AD network.

You will find the computer listed under “Active Directory Users and Computers” on the Essentials server

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but not in the Dashboard as the Essentials Connector cannot be installed on the NAS unit.

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Next, under Applications,

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we have several services/applications to take advantage of.

The Web File Manager

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allows you the option of using web browser to access your files on this server, which is similar to Microsoft’s Remote Web Access feature. If your system is connected to the Internet and uses a public IP address, the web file manager will allow you to access your files using web browser from any where around the world.

The remaining applications range from self-explanatory, such as

Multimedia and Photo Stations,

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to some very advanced features such as

RADIUS Server

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It is interesting to note that Antivirus solutions are making their way into Linux powered computers:

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If you purchase a QNAP NAS unit that can be used as media player, you may wish to check out

HD Station

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which is very nice option to make use of if you decide to use your NAS unit as a media player.  Please note that I went through the setup of HD Station in the TS-469L review.

For the most part, the remaining sections contain options that are mostly self-explanatory.

Under Backup,

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we do have one

Remote Replication

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which is a nice automated backup option of local folders to a remote server.  For home users, this is can be a great way to create an off-site copy to another NAS device of a family member anywhere else in the world.

Under External Device,

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it is nice to see that the QNAP NAS unit recognizes my USB-attached printer quite readily.

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Under MyCloudNAS Service,

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once we have installed the MyCloucNAS Connect service (that we accomplished earlier), you can now configure remote access to your NAS device.  QNAP includes a configuration wizard for this setup. which guides you nicely through the setup process.

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Contrary to what the wizard tells me, my router is actually set up for UPnP.  If this occurs, you can go through the manual setup to see what ports are required for various remote access features:

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Finally, we have System Status,

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which is once again self-explanatory.  Of note is the System Service section which is a handy feature that provides a quick snapshot of what NAS services you have or do not have installed.

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That completes the quick walk-through of the feature set that the QNAP v3.8.1 Management Software contains.  For use as a simple Networked Attached Storage device, many users may never have a need to access many of the functions outlined above outside of initial setup. If you need to set up more advanced features, this will require more knowledge and know-how on setting up various items such as

  • which is the best Volume Management (single, JBOD, RAID) system and type to use for your specific needs
  • iSCSI
  • various applications services such as MySQL, Web File Manager
  • SNMP settings
  • Active Directory setup
  • the NAS as a RADIUS server

and other features that many in a Home or SOHO environment may never need or want.  While setting up many of these services is quite simple, getting them to work properly is for the more advanced user.