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A Deep Dive Into Thecus NAS Software - System Management

Thecus has one of the best NAS menu systems available. Today Chris takes us through the ins and outs of this powerful package.

| SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Mar 5, 2010 3:31 pm
Manufacturer: Thecus

System Management

 

Many key setup and maintenance features are found in the System Management tab.

 

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The Time area is where you set the system clock or enable the NAS to connect to an outside server to set its own clock. The Time Zone area is a little different than what we are used to seeing. Instead of offering a date line number like -5 Eastern, we found cities listed.

 

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In a work environment it is important to keep your system admins aware with the status of your network and storage systems. The Notification Configuration will allow the NAS to send emails to four unique email addresses. You can also enable an alarm notification that will make the NAS beep when an error has occurred.

 

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Thecus has made updating their NAS server's firmware very easy. In the Firmware Update area you simply point the NAS to the update file (after downloading it from Thecus' website) and hit the apply button.

 

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In order to further conserve power your NAS can be configured to shut down or turn on at specific times or days through the week. There are two action settings per day and each can be configured by time of day. Each day has its own settings. This is useful if you are not using the NAS for remote access and everyone leaves the office at a set time.

 

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Nearly all Thecus' NAS servers are able to work hand-in-hand with smart UPS battery backup power systems. Modern UPS are able to talk to a NAS through either USB or a Serial interface.

 

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Thecus includes a Wake on LAN (WOL) setting that can be either enabled or disabled in this area.

 

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Most Thecus NAS servers allow for SNMP Support. This is the area in which you would configure this option.

 

Utility

 

The utility tools are found as a subset inside the System Management tab.

 

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Like most NAS servers, users are able to change the system administrator password. The Thecus models that use a LCD screen for easy status and setup changes can have a separate password.

 

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It is possible to save (download) or set (upload) Thecus NAS products configuration files. This is very useful when migrating products or bringing a new NAS into the system.

 

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Sometimes things don't go as planned and you just want to start over with a fresh plate. In the Reset to Factory Default tab you can make a fresh start.

 

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After making major configuration changes you may need to reboot the system. At other times you may want to turn the NAS off for cleaning or to move the NAS from one location to another. In the Shutdown/Reboot System area this is possible, quickly and easily.

 

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As time passes you may need to run a File System Check to keep everything running smoothly. This is a one button process and is found in this area.

 

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