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Linksys Business Series Network Storage System

Getting Started Guide

GETTING STARTED GUIDE

Linksys Business Series Network Storage System Models NSS4000 and NSS6000 Series

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Contents

Linksys Business Series Network Storage System Administrator Guide

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Chapter 1: Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Benefits

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About this Guide...

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Recommended Installation Sequence

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Chapter 2: Part A: Set up the Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Step 1: Install the Disk Drives

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Approved Vendor List for Drives

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Step 2: Install the Ethernet Links

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Step 3: Install the Power

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NSS-supported UPS Product Families

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Chapter 3: Part B: Configure the Network Storage System (NSS) . .

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Step 1: Access the NSS when there is no DHCP Server Present on your Network

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Step 2: Log into the Configuration Interface

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Option A: Linksys One Environment Login Steps

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Option B: Standalone Environment Login Steps

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Step 3: Configure the Timing Settings

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Step 4: Create a RAID Array

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Step 5: Create a Volume

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Step 6: Virtualize Storage within your Network

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Exporting Storage to your Network

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Creating Virtualized Storage

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Step 7: Configure the NSS Network Identification

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Step 8: Configure the User/Group Ranges and Home Directory Location

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Step 9: Create any Locally Defined Users and Groups

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Creating a User Profile

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Creating a Group

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Step 10: Create a Share

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Adding a DFS Shared Folder

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Restrictions using Microsoft DFS from the NSS

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Step 11: Create a Snapshot for a Volume

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Step 12: Create a Scheduled Backup for a Share

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Step 13: Complete the Configuration

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Step 14: Save the Current Configuration

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Chapter 4: Part C: Instruct Your Users How to Access the NSS Storage . 45

Windows Users: Accessing the NSS Storage using CIFS/SMB

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Windows Users: Accessing the NSS Storage through FTP

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UNIX/Linux Users: Accessing Storage through NFS

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UNIX/Linux Users: Accessing Storage through FTP

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Linksys Business Series Network Storage System Administrator Guide

Mac Users: Accessing Storage through CIFS/SMB

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Mac Users: Accessing Storage through FTP

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Chapter 5: LEDs & Buttons . . . . . . .

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Power LED (Front Panel)

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System LED (Front Panel)

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Reset Button (Front Panel)

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LAN LEDs (Front Panel)

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Hard Disk Drive LEDs (Front Panel)

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USB LED (Front Panel)

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UPS LED (Back Panel)

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Linksys One Contact Information

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Introduction

Thank you for choosing the Linksys Business Series Network Storage System (NSS).

Administering a network can be a difficult job. Finding low-costways to simplify your datamanagement tasks means that you have more resources to dedicate elsewhere. The NSS is a Network Attached Storage (NAS) unit that appears as a native file server for the various clients within your network, including Windows, Apple Macintosh, UNIX, and Linux platforms. The biggest benefit to your users is that they can now access data that might be stored across different physical platforms as simply as if it were on their own computers. The NSS provides a single repository that is completely dedicated to storage, ensuring the integrity, reliability, and accessibility of your data for a relatively low cost.

The NSS lets you install up to four physical disk drives as well as virtualize your storage into one or more logical, redundant storage units or RAID arrays. The NSS uses the most common file-basedprotocols such as NFS, CIFS, and FTP for file sharing.

Benefits

The NSS offers the following main advantages to your business:

Cross-platformFile Sharing: Share files easily and inexpensively across heterogeneous platforms over acost-effectiveEthernet and IP network.

Easy Installation and Administration: With a basic understanding of networking, the NSS is easily configured, managed, and made available to all of your networked users.

Data Consolidation: Centralize data to reduce management costs and maximize your investment in existing hardware. This also means better data security.

About this Guide...

The Getting Started Guide contains the step-by-stepdetails for getting your NSS up and running for the firsttime---fromhooking up the hardware to doing the basic configuration steps to get the NSS running. Users are shown how to log into the NSS to access storage.

Chapter 1: Introduction

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