ReadyNAS NV+ Web Interface

May 25, 2007 at 10:05 pm Leave a comment

What else is there to say, but Wow, that’s a lot of options!

The web interface borrows heavily from the brushed metal look that Apple has used frequently in the last few years. If there is one sure thing, this web interface won’t win any interface usability awards, but to offer the sheer number of options and settings that this thing does… Wow! It would probably take 25 screenshots just to show you all the functions and features you can set on this thing. I am sure that once I am used to navigating it, I’ll be comfortable.

One interesting feature is a “Setup Wizard”. This is a screen by screen guided tour through setting up your ReadyNAS. Nice feature, as I’m not sure I would have known where to start otherwise.

For CIFS, it asks you which security mode to use. This confused me a bit at first, but the lengthy descriptions they have pretty much spell it all out. Basically, you have “Share” mode, which lets you put a simple password on a share (like Windows 95/98 did, I think?). Then, you have “User” security, which is basically setting up local users and groups to secure shares. Finally, there is “Domain” security, which lets you integrate with a Windows Domain.

The “User” security is nice because it lets you create local users and groups via the web interface to handle security. Fortunately, it doesn’t limit you to creating one user at a time, but has multiple lines so that you can enter them in a batch mode, to some degree. Users and Groups can each have quota of disk space they can use. Users can have private home directories, a recycle bin, etc. You can even specify that users can change their password, though I’m not exactly sure how they would do this. Thoughtfully, they include an option to import and export users and groups. This would be very useful, I think, if you have multiple ReadyNAS devices and you want to use the same usernames and passwords across them. (In that case you probably wouldn’t want the users changing their passwords… Could get out of sync between units, causing support troubles…)

Anyhow, since I’m not running a Domain at home, I’m sticking with “User” security.

Email alerts is a very nice feature. You can have it send email to multiple addresses when an event happens. The first one I got was just one telling me that the Sync process was complete, so my volume was now fully redundant.

Looking through various other screens, I see that this units Gigabit Ethernet port supports VLAN tagging and jumbo frames. It can also act as a WINS server, and even a DHCP server. Infrant put some smarts in this puppy too. It knows enough that if it got its own IP Address via DHCP, it won’t let you enable the built-in DHCP server.

One feature that I not quite get yet is the “Snapshot” feature. It looks like you can schedule snapshots to happen on regular intervals. Unfortunately, I didn’t gather enough from reading in the web interface to really understand why I would want to use it.

The Shares interface lets you add and delete shares, as well as enable what services will have access to which share. You can independently enable CIFS, AFP, FTP/S, and HTTP/S for each and every share.

Backup Jobs. This looks like it has some potential. With this feature, you can select the source and destination for a backup. The source can be another network attached machine and you supply credentials to connect right in the “Backup Jobs” interface, even with a “Test Connection” button to make sure it’s working properly. Now, I’ve not actually used it for anything, but it looks potentially very useful. There are options for backing up an FTP server, etc. So, this could be a good once-a-week website backup tool, or any number of other automated backups.

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