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2nd July 2008, 03:24 PM #1
Using a Buffalo TerraStation as a file server?
We have purchased a TerraStation 2Tb with the intention of using it as a file server and keeping all pupil and staff user areas on there.
However, we have been testing it today and it appears that usual NTFS permissions cannot be set to the directories on the TS. This causes us problems, as we need to be able to set these permissions to keep user areas secure.
Has anyone got any ideas how to get around this?
If all else fails i'm sure we'll find a use for it.
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2nd July 2008, 04:12 PM #2
yes a bit of a gotcha there, the Terastation 2's don't support Windows Server 2003!!!
I bought one too with the intention oif using it as a disk to disk backup, Backup Exec won't let you use an IP in the path to a backup to disk folder.
I believe there is a way of linking permissions to AD groups?
I was about to buy two and put a stop to the second one!!!
2nd July 2008, 04:16 PM #3
Thats a bit of bad news.
Hopefully, liking AD permissions is possible.
If anyone has had experience with this then please let me know.
2nd July 2008, 08:50 PM #4
2nd July 2008, 09:57 PM #5
You could get round this by putting a manual entry into your DNS so it resolves the IP against whatever name you want, i think this should work. I fooled traffic on our network that was directed at our school website to divert to an internal server by putting a manual entry in my DNS server, worked like a charm!
Originally Posted by MGSTech
2nd July 2008, 10:07 PM #6
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Cant you just map a drive to it??
Originally Posted by MGSTech
You can see the AD groups after youve joined it to the domain. Mine wouldnt join without re-enabling netbios on my Dom Controller and I had probs with it so gave up trying to get proper AD integration working.
You can set the permissions at the share level but cant see how it can be done at a directory level. This is possible in Samba just you need a proper Linux logon to do it (there are hacks to do it but not standard). I would of liked a logon!
There is also something about 1000 user limit (prob why mine didnt work), and it doesnt like multiple connections with the same username (at least for normal username/password connects, didnt try that with Domain or AD joined).
Also no quotas!
Nice device but lacks the functionality of a real file server.
What I did in the end was use it for server backups. I created a few users and created shared drives (with reconnect) to it. Then I used my external drives that I did use for server backups to create a load of extra space for the network (1 for space, and 1 for an overnite 'robocopy')
Last edited by blacksheep; 2nd July 2008 at 10:13 PM.
3rd July 2008, 01:03 PM #7
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I have a 1Gb Terrastation and I seem to remember a firmware update that kinda enables AD integration. I dont use it though, only using it for backups.
Mine is setup at 4x250Gb drives in RAID5 and would certainly say it's nowhere near quick enough to be a file server. Supurb as a file backup system though.
3rd July 2008, 03:53 PM #8
We have a couple of these here. You do need to change the firmware for AD support. If I remember rightly the official firmware with AD support is strictly beta and a bit on the buggy side.
There are also unofficial firmwares for the Terastations. I just about remember trawling Japanese websites to get a suitable firmware, then after installing it we never used the AD features - go figure!
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