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When you first connect to the Snap Server with your web browser, you’ll see a screen that lists all of the shares. Optionally, you can force users to authenticate before they see the shares. Web users can click on public shares that have unrestricted access and view the files using web view. You can connect via either HTTP or HTTPS, and you have the option of disabling HTTP (unsecured) access. When you connect via HTTPS, you’ll get a certificate error, and I didn’t find a way to install your own certificate through the web UI. The home page also has a link to the administration interface.

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Figure 5: Snap Server Administration Home Page

The administration landing page shows you a summary of the server and displays a horizontal navigation menu across the top of the page (Figure 5). The six top-level menu items are: Server, Network, Storage, Security, Monitor, and Maintenance. A handy site map lets you jump to any of the submenu items without having to navigate through the top-level menus. I’ll briefly highlight some of the functions for each top-level menu.

Check out the slideshowCheck out the slideshow for a tour of the 110’s admin interface.

Server—In this menu tree, you can change the server name, set time/date, configure email notification, enable/disable SSH, and configure how the server works with an APC UPS. Through the Advanced tab on the time and date menu, you can configure the server to get time/date information from NTP servers, but you can’t specify the frequency for updates. However, you can check the log files to confirm that NTP is working.

I was a bit disappointed in email alert setup. You have to specify the SMTP mail server by IP address, not host name, and the SMTP engine does not support authenticated SMTP. You can send notifications to up to four addresses and select from seven types of alerts.

Network—There are a lot of settings in this menu. Of course, there are the standard TCP/IP settings, and you can also enable/disable the built-in DHCP server. It’s quite basic, as you can only set a range of addresses for the DHCP pool. DHCP reservation is not supported.

Of particular importance is the Windows submenu. Here, you can set the workgroup, NT domain, or Active Directory domain. In this submenu, you can also enable/disable Opportunistic Locking for the server, or enable the server as the Master Browser. You can also enable AFP, AFP over TCP/IP, and AFP over AppleTalk for legacy Macs. Other options include enabling NFS, NIS, FTP and configuring SNMP. Snap Servers also support iSCSI, but for models 110, 210, and 410, you have to purchase an optional license ($225) to enable it in this menu.

Storage—In this menu, you can create RAID sets and volumes, set disk quotas, and enable Snapshot technology. Available as a $225 option on the 110, 210, and 410, Snapshot technology takes an immediate or scheduled image of any volume on a Snap Server running GuardianOS. Since the 110 is a single-drive system, there’s not much to say about configuring it. It shows up incorrectly designated as RAID 0. Adaptec agreed that the drive was not really configured as RAID 0 and said that the nomenclature was an artifact of the RAID focus of most of the Snap Server line.

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