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Shared Folders – Here you can create shares (Figure 8), assign rights, set up services for a share (such as AppleTalk) and set up the Distributed File System (if you have other DFS capable devices).

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Figure 8: Shared Folder setup on the TeraStation Pro II

Group Management – Set up groups to minimize user administration.

User Management – Create and administer users. Unless you are using NT domain or Active Directory, there’s no way to enforce password policies.

Disk Backup – This is a nice feature of Buffalo NAS products. You can create a share on many Buffalo NAS products, including LinkStations, and define them as a backup share (Figure 9). Using the built-in software, you can back up a share on one NAS directly to a partition defined for backup on another NAS. You have multiple scheduling and backup options. I tested this between the TeraStation Pro II and the LinkStation Live, and it worked very well.

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Figure 9: Disk Backup function showing backup options. I backed up to a LinkStation Live.

Maintenance – In this menu, you can set up email alerts that trigger on System alerts, disk failures, fan failures, completed backups, or a daily HDD status report. Someday, Buffalo will update the SMTP mailer to allow for SMTP authentication, but for now, only unauthenticated SMTP mail is supported.

Another sub menu lets you configure your UPS settings. You can also set up sound alerts for various conditions, as well as configure the LCD status panel. You can even configure the panel and LED brightness and a schedule for LED sleep and wakeup times. Unfortunately, there’s not an option for configuring drive spin down times—they run continuously. From the maintenance menu, you can also gracefully shut down the system, initialize it, and set up syslog transfers.

System Status – Sub menus show basic system info, USB details, Network information, and log info. The Pro II does let you manually save log files for system, FTP and SMB, but it’s a fairly unusable format.

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