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Security—Submenus of this top-level menu let you create/manage/delete shares, local users, and local groups. Under advanced properties for each share, you can select which protocols are needed to access each share. You can individually select Windows (SMB), Unix (NFS), Apple (AFP), Web (HTTP/HTTPS), and FTP. Interestingly, I determined that you couldn’t browse to a share on a Mac running OSX unless you have AFP enabled for the share. However, even if AFP is not running, the Mac can connect to the share using the format smb://ip_address/share_name.

Monitor—This menu gives you a snapshot of system status, showing disk usage, active users, open files, and the event log. There’s also an item for attached tape drives, (though locally attached tape drives aren’t addressed in the User guide) as well as the option of sending configuration settings to Snap Server technical support. The Monitor menu also contains the event log. You have the option of viewing errors only, errors and warnings, errors, warnings and info, and everything. The Snap Server does not appear to support Syslog through the web interface.

I noticed a few interesting things in this menu. First, it appears that web users aren’t included under active users, even if they have authenticated. In addition, when I opened a media file through web view and played it, it didn’t show up as an open file. Files opened via a mapped share did appear to be properly enumerated under open files, however. I also noted that my Mac showed up as two separate users – once for the share mapped via SMB, and once for the AFP-mapped share.

Maintenance—In this menu tree, you’ll find options for shutdown/restart, resetting to factory defaults, updating the operating system, and disaster recovery. The disaster recovery feature allows you to save server and volume information (but not data) so that you can restore your server to previous settings. You can also add entries to the host file to make your backup server known to the current server.

Snap Extensions—All of the Snap Servers are capable of extended functionality by licensing additional software modules that are built into the GuardianOS. For the less expensive servers, i.e., the 110, and the 210, all of the modules are optional. Here’s a brief summary of the Snap Extensions available for the 110. As you can see, the cost to fully license all of the modules could approach the cost of the Snap Server 110 itself. Though expensive, the added functionality can make even the entry level 110 part of an enterprise storage architecture.

  • BakBone NetVault—(contact Sales for pricing)—enables data backup and restore from up to five clients to four single tape drives locally attached to a Snap Server.
  • CA Antivirus—$45.00—provides antivirus protection for a workgroup. Optional for the 110, 210 and 410.
  • iSCSI—$225.00—allows you to manage, store and distribute block data across your Ethernet network using industry-standard iSCSI initiators. Optional for the 110, 210 and 410.
  • NDMP—$225.00—all Snap Servers support NDMP (Network Data Management Protocol) that enhances backup performance and maximizes data transfer over the network. Optional for the 110, 210 and 410.
  • Snap Server Manager—$170.00—a Java-based program that allows configuration and management of multiple Snap Servers from one console. You can manage a single Snap Server without a license.
  • Snapshot—$225.00—allows for either on-demand or scheduled images of the file system without interrupting users. Optional for the 110, 210 and 410.

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