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Re: [vox-tech] Promise SmartStor NS2300N NAS success & mountquestions
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Re: [vox-tech] Promise SmartStor NS2300N NAS success & mountquestions


What sort of throughput do you get? And what about that guest user
issue? Hey, you left the Crepeville social early!


On Tue, Jan 06, 2009 at 08:30:48PM -0800, Aaron Brayton wrote:
> Bill,
> Thanks for sharing your info about your NAS.  I'm looking into if that 
> device will serve my purpose, which is the same as yours, or if it's too 
> big.
> I am concerned about being able to easily see it on the network.  From 
> what you wrote I'm under the impression you have yet to get it up and 
> running and mounted, yet alone automatically mounted.  May I ask that 
> you post an update with the settings you've used once you get it working?
> I wish I could be more help, but I'm a novice with Linux, but I'm 
> extremely happy with it as an alternative to MS.
> Thanks!
> Aaron
> Bill Kendrick wrote:
> > Upon a recommendation from Brian and Harry from SacLUG, who
> > went to Fry's with me yesterday, I purchased a Promise Technology
> > SmartStor NS2300N NAS enclosure.  Together with a 1TB drive,
> > it ended up being about $70 cheaper than a Netgear ReadyNAS Duo
> > (with a drive built-in, but only 500GB) that I was seriously
> > considering.
> >
> > It does NFS, SMB, FTP, and has a bunch of other features I
> > may never use.  It can be managed via a web interface, which
> > is great.  (Just like the Brother networked printer I also
> > bought recently -- and also for a lot cheaper than I would have
> > expected -- it was a no-brainer to set-up, and does not require
> > a Windows box or funky drivers to use, though it does come with
> > a CDROM with Windows and Mac(?) management apps.)
> >
> > I like that I can set up users and groups, and am trying to
> > think of best way of setting up some public and private
> > directories on the drive.  The main way they'd be accessed
> > is via mounting them on a pair of Linux laptops, and since I'm
> > not an fstab expert, I'd love some assistance with that. :)
> > (I used to run a Samba server, but that box has been retired and
> > recently wiped clean, to be donated to someone who needs a PC.
> > Everything it did has been replaced by simpler, stand-alone
> > devices.)
> >
> > The purpose of the drive is mainly:
> >
> > 1. central repository for all of our ripped audio,
> >    such that Amarok can access it easily
> >
> > 2. central repository for all of our family photos
> >
> > 3. data backups (laptops, webserver dumps, perhaps even some
> >    work stuff, just to have something off-site)
> >
> > The ReadyNAS Duo apparently has Bonjour, and I don't believe
> > the device I bought does.  Brian was telling me that Bonjour is
> > a way of broadcasting the availability of the drive, so that
> > PCs on the network can discover it.
> >
> > Assuming I DON'T have this available to me, I guess I simply
> > need to add some lines to /etc/fstab for the folders in question,
> > providing the username/password (or pointing to a
> > root-only-readable password file, if I recall).  Then users
> > (my wife and I) would need to issue "mount /whatever" to mount
> > the drive.  (I also need to remember how to give specific users
> > permissions to mount, so that sudo isn't involved each time.
> > Is it via sudoers?)
> >
> > My biggest concern is making sure everyone who should be able
> > to read/write to public space can, and that permissions and
> > ownership make sense on the laptops.  This might require making
> > separate users on each laptop...?
> >
> > I have to make one complaint... the command-line example they
> > provided for mounting on Linux/Unix was not only full of typos
> > (forgot "/" when they were explaining "mkdir /SmartStor",
> > and included a space between "/" and "SmartStor" in the mount
> > example), but it simply didn't work, even when I accounted for this.
> >
> > Anyway, tips here would be welcome.  (Otherwise, just consider
> > this a report of: "this device works pretty nicely with Linux" :) )
> >
> > PS - We're using Kubuntu 8.10 on our laptops.
> >
> > Thx & happy new year,
> >
> > -bill!
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