Alerts and Additional Features
For significant alerts such as a drive failing, the SmartStor provides a way to set up an email address to receive notifications. Figure 12 shows the basic screen where alerts can be set.
Figure 12: Alert setup
I like to see a "test" button in these types of screens so I can verify that everything has been set up properly. I don't want to find out after a failure occurs that I didn't get alerts because something was misconfigured. But this screen had no test button, and it turned out something was wrong. During the time of this review, I never received an email from the device, even during my disk failure tests.
Promise also provides a web interface to review alerts, and this screen did show the various steps such as rebuild starting, complete, etc. that occurred during my test. And for keeping track of the general health of the drives in your system, the status display also shows the SMART status of the drives.
As for the other capabilities found in the setup menus, I won't cover them all in detail, but I found most of the standard-type features you'd expect in this class of device.
For user-management, there were options for defining users, defining groups of users, and setting quotas for users. Under network control, there were the standard options for defining TCP/IP parameters and turning on jumbo frames. For setting the time on the device, the option was given to manually set the time, or to set it via an NTP server.
One interesting configuration I noticed was the idea of "plugins," a method for adding individual capability packages to a existing system. Figure 13 shows a pop-up dialog I received after successfully installing a DLNA UPnP A/V plugin that I downloaded from the Promise web site (it was the only one available).
Figure 13: Plugin success
Although the installation was successful, there was no information or documentation on configuration or usage.
Under the "Protocol Support" menu (Figure 14) a number of capabilities can be configured.
Figure 14: Protocol Control
For Windows users, the device can be configured to be part of an AD domain or as a member of workgroup. For Unix, Linux and Apple users for that matter, configuration can be controlled by joining a NIS domain.
This section of the configuration also allows the turning on and off of a nice collection of sharing protocols, CIFS, NFS, AFP, FTP, and a print server. And for sharing itself, menus are provided for creating a share, modifying a share (Figure 15), deleting a share, etc.