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As noted earlier, the Dashboard is the administrator’s console. From here, you can add/manage users and shares, create computer backup profiles, restore files and monitor the health and status of the DX4000.

Figure 13 shows the home page of the Dashboard. I’ll talk a little about each of the menus for the icons that run across the top of the screen.

Dashboard home screen

Figure 13: Dashboard home screen

Users - This is where you can create user accounts and set password policies. However, the password policy only pertains to the password strength, and not how often the users have to change their passwords. You can also remove an account, deactivate it or change the account password. Figure 14 shows the properties for my account. As you can see, you can individually grant or deny remote web access on a user by user basis.

User properties for cellison. This tab shows access rights for shared folders

Figure 14: User properties for cellison. This tab shows access rights for shared folders

Computers and Backup - In this menu, the organization is based on computers, not users. In Figure 15, the column in on the right shows the basic tasks available for each user.

Computers and backup menu

Figure 15: Computers and backup menu

By default, the local RAID 5 volume as well as any attached USB drives are completely backed up. You have the option, however, for each computer, to create a custom backup that backs up only administrator-specified folders. Computer properties shows general information about the computer, as well as the backup history.

The additional client computer backup tasks, shown in the lower right corner of the above screen, allow you to set global parameters for backups. You can specify a start and end time for the backup cycle as well as set a daily, weekly and monthly backup retention policy. In addition, you can create a USB boot key should you need to do a "bare metal" restore.

While Launchpad supports backup of MacOS clients, you can't use any of the DX4000's storage as a target for Apple Time Machine backups.

For some quick tests, I backed up an entire computer as well as selected directories on two other computers. While I didn’t create a USB bootable key to do a bare metal restore, I did restore some files from the server.

I navigated to a backup session I made of one of the computers and selected the drive and directory I wanted to restore. After selecting it, I had the option of restoring files or directories to anywhere my computer had access to, but not to the original location on the original computer.

I restored both to another NAS drive as well as to my local drive. I was surprised to see that Windows Explorer reported only about 1.45 MB/s while copying the restored files. Restoring from the DX4000 to another NAS, both connected by Gigabit Ethernet, was even slower. I’m glad I didn’t try to recover multiple Gigabytes of data!

Server Folders and Hard drives - In this menu, you add, delete and move folders, stop sharing and view folder properties. New folders are added at the root of D:\ServerFolders, and cannot be added as a sub-folder to a currently shared folder. Also, none of the system-defined folders can be deleted.

Figure 16 shows the Server Folders tab along with folder properties for cellison. You can see that my private folder has 8.4 GB of data. There is no provision within the DX4000 to apply user disk quotas! The sharing tab (not shown) displays user rights granted to the folder. The Hard Drives tab shows how the array is partitioned. For this model, there’s a 60 GB C drive and a 5528.8 GB D drive.

Server Folders and Hard Drives

Figure 16: Server Folders and Hard Drives

Add-ins - In this menu, you can add additional features and functions to your server from Microsoft or other Independent Software Vendors (ISVs).

Monitor - The Health tab gives you a summary of the status of your DX4000 as shown in Figure 17. The Software Update tab lets you specify when the server checks Western Digital for updates. By default, the server will check for updates every Sunday at 12:00 AM. WD warns you that an automatic reboot may be required after a successful update.

Monitor menu shown DX4000 status

Figure 17: Monitor menu shown DX4000 status

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