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For more advanced users, your web browser can be used to set up all parameters. Note that for logging into the configuration web page, only HTTP connections are supported, not the more secure HTTPS connections. Figure 3 shows the view from my web browser once I had logged into the StorCenter configuration web page.

Web configuration page

Figure 3: Web configuration page

This initial screen gives basic status such as space used, date, IP address, etc. The identify button causes an LED to blink on the front panel, so you know which unit you're logged into—in case you happen to have multiple units on your LAN. To make changes to the configuration, I started exploring the menu options. Figure 4 shows the "Basic" configuration screen where several options can be set.

Basic configuration

Figure 4: Basic configuration

I was pleased to see an option to specify the NTP server used for setting time on the StorCenter. When I reviewed the 150d, I found that one could use NTP, but there was no way to specify which server to use.

The "System Status" option from the top-level page was little more than a re-hash of the same info found in the initial "home" page, with the exception of an option to allow updating of the StorCenter firmware. I was also pleased to see this update option. With the 150d, the only way to update the firmware was by running a Windows executable—a definite downside to Apple and Linux users like me.

For controlling access to the StorCenter, individual users and user groups can be defined. Figure 5 shows the user creation page, where users can be created and assigned specific share privileges.

 User creation

Figure 5: User creation

If you need the ability to manage a lot of users, you can also create groups, and then assign group privileges to the various shares. Figure 6 shows the group creation screen.

 Group Creation

Figure 6: Group Creation

Many users will want to create more than the pre-defined public network share. Figure 7 shows the share creation screen.

 Network share creation

Figure 7: Network share creation

Note the support for a number of different file-sharing protocols in this screen; however, the default Windows protocol can't be turned off, and the FTP support is only available on one share at a time. For Linux and Apple users, the share can be exported via NFS and AFP, which is nice to see. When NFS is selected, an additional screen appears that allows NFS-specific parameters to be set. From my Mac, I was able to mount shares using all of the above protocols.

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