NAS
( Comes out of the closet )
Greg Thomas
Texas A&M University
Our History of File Sharing
“Repurposed” older computers hidden away in closets
• Upkeep
• Access Security ( profound lack...
Network Attached Storage
AKA: The Server, Shared folder, P drive, Common drive, Shared drive
Where we started ^ Where we a...
So, A&M has a network?
El Paso to California
575 miles
250 county offices
Bunch of Research
and Extension facilities
County offices connected to WAN almost entirely by private ISP
More and more connected to host county networks
Most - real...
Netgear ReadyNAS RN 10221D
www.smallnetbuilder.com/nas/nas-charts/view
www.pcmag.com/products/25618?Price=[0%20TO%20500]
w...
We settled on the NetGear ReadyNAS RN10221D –
2 bay model that comes with 2 - 1TB drives.
Listed as 2 Terabyte capacity bu...
The Standard Configuration Template
County Office NAS Configuration Notes
County Office:
Date of installation:
Regional IT...
What’s Under the Hood…
The NAS does a WHOLE lot more than
just sharing files…
• Office on-site/off-site backup
• Media sha...
The Grittys and Nittys
Accessing across the LAN
Which one is it?
RAIDar program discovers NAS
Configurable mgt accounts
Accessing across the WAN
ReadyCloud – meh…
Way better than nothing but you can’t
really get your hands dirty
Good overview...
Accessing across the WAN
Some drill-down but
no real management
Remote access by VPN or remote control software ( TeamViewer ) allows
-- really good remote management --
• Various protoc...
The MENUS -
The MENUS -
Shared elements
Power timing – off on weekends?
Backup ( here ) means replicating the NAS
Alerts – handy and useful tool
Accounts
Groups - First
Users - Second
Interface is NOT
Intuitive and some Linux
experience is comforting
Interface is als...
User accounts
• Extreme granularity
• Easily created/deleted
• Effects are immediate
Assign rights and
permissions to grou...
Way more tools and applications available…
Cloud access…
Useful but remotely disappointing
BACKUP ( worth the price alone )
Little bit quirky… not in a bad way
Each folder requires it’s own backup job, schedule, d...
Creating a Backup job – The usual stuff in the usual way…
• Give the job a name
• Tell it a source (folder)
• Tell it a de...
Creating a Backup job – The usual stuff in the usual way…
• When it will happen
• How often it happens
Creating a Backup job – The usual stuff in the usual way…
Each item (folder) is a
different job
Quirky…maybe – BUT
very gr...
Q&(maybe) A
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NAS comes out of the closet NETC 2014

Network attached storage
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Transcripts - NAS comes out of the closet NETC 2014

  • 1. NAS ( Comes out of the closet ) Greg Thomas Texas A&M University
  • 2. Our History of File Sharing “Repurposed” older computers hidden away in closets • Upkeep • Access Security ( profound lack of it ) • Updates • Management Access ( physical and virtual ) • Geographic challenge • Network security issues • COUNTY IT “HELPERS” We had a tiger by the tail and GROWING demand
  • 3. Network Attached Storage AKA: The Server, Shared folder, P drive, Common drive, Shared drive Where we started ^ Where we are ^ • Security issues • Hacked up Linux OS • NTFS backup destinations *
  • 4. So, A&M has a network? El Paso to California 575 miles 250 county offices Bunch of Research and Extension facilities
  • 5. County offices connected to WAN almost entirely by private ISP More and more connected to host county networks Most - really notSome - really good
  • 6. Netgear ReadyNAS RN 10221D www.smallnetbuilder.com/nas/nas-charts/view www.pcmag.com/products/25618?Price=[0%20TO%20500] www.smallnetbuilder.com/nas/nas-reviews/32161-netgear-readynas-rn102-reviewed The criteria used to decide: Needed to be under $400 (less if possible) Needed to be 1 Terabyte (upgradable to more) Needed to be RAID 1 (some level of protection) *** Uses “X-RAID” or RAID version whatever… Needed to support USB 3.0 and/or eSATA for external backups, using NTFS file system Needed to have a decent warranty ( 3 year with 24 X7 phone support ) Needed to have a cloud storage / access feature ( allows us some level of remote management i.e. ReadyCloud) Needed to have a built-in backup utility with scheduler that might support network/cloud Needed to have some level of security / encryption Needed to be at least somewhat easy to setup Relevant Reviews
  • 7. We settled on the NetGear ReadyNAS RN10221D – 2 bay model that comes with 2 - 1TB drives. Listed as 2 Terabyte capacity but with RAID 1 - really get 900 + Gigabytes It is upgradable by replacing the drives with 2TB or 3TB drives Most vendors list this model around $350 We have paid from $230 to $355 for them Supply is not a problem Probably can get quantity discounts from CDWG et al Can be purchased with no drives for less than $150 (model RN10200) If you have a supply of drives - that makes sense * We’ve have had 1 drive go out Netgear support sent a replacement the next day Bays are hot swappable and the box was never really down We rebooted it anyway...
  • 8. The Standard Configuration Template County Office NAS Configuration Notes County Office: Date of installation: Regional IT Specialist: Unit hardware & Network Unit Make / Model Netgear Ready NAS RN102 Unit Serial Number Firmware version Unit Name IP number assigned network mask gateway administrative login account password Groups and Folder Structures Groups created Include names & permissions granted Shared Folders created Include names groups allowed access Available online for RITS Word document Held in county named folders County Office NAS Records Template.docx The SCT provides: • Consistency across state • Pre-deployment configuration • Few surprises for third parties • Standard drive mappings • Standard backup jobs • Standard User Accounts • Standard folder names • Standard permissions for folders
  • 9. What’s Under the Hood… The NAS does a WHOLE lot more than just sharing files… • Office on-site/off-site backup • Media sharing • Remote file access (ftp, sftp, web) • ReadyDrop / Dropbox interface • PC, Mac and Linux environments • Disaster recovery
  • 10. The Grittys and Nittys Accessing across the LAN Which one is it? RAIDar program discovers NAS Configurable mgt accounts
  • 11. Accessing across the WAN ReadyCloud – meh… Way better than nothing but you can’t really get your hands dirty Good overview and status monitoring of numerous installations where ever
  • 12. Accessing across the WAN Some drill-down but no real management
  • 13. Remote access by VPN or remote control software ( TeamViewer ) allows -- really good remote management -- • Various protocols for remote file access • Secure protocols, ports etc. configurable • User account/protocol access configuration • User account access control via “cloud” management tools
  • 14. The MENUS -
  • 15. The MENUS - Shared elements
  • 16. Power timing – off on weekends? Backup ( here ) means replicating the NAS Alerts – handy and useful tool
  • 17. Accounts Groups - First Users - Second Interface is NOT Intuitive and some Linux experience is comforting Interface is also very efficient once you catch the rhythm and beat
  • 18. User accounts • Extreme granularity • Easily created/deleted • Effects are immediate Assign rights and permissions to groups… then add users to each group User accounts and Group accounts offer sharp focus on rights and permissions
  • 19. Way more tools and applications available…
  • 20. Cloud access… Useful but remotely disappointing
  • 21. BACKUP ( worth the price alone ) Little bit quirky… not in a bad way Each folder requires it’s own backup job, schedule, destination etc.
  • 22. Creating a Backup job – The usual stuff in the usual way… • Give the job a name • Tell it a source (folder) • Tell it a destination Destinations can be external HD’s or network locations
  • 23. Creating a Backup job – The usual stuff in the usual way… • When it will happen • How often it happens
  • 24. Creating a Backup job – The usual stuff in the usual way… Each item (folder) is a different job Quirky…maybe – BUT very granular Program the magic button to do whatever. Front USB (3) port works well with external HD’s Assign the “Friday swap” to one staff member
  • 25. Q&(maybe) A

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