Test System Setup and NAS Management
Our Consumer NAS test 'system' is setup similar to what you have at home. Here we have the base as a GIGABYTE Z77X UP5 TH, which is housing an Intel Core i5-3570K with 16GB of RAM supporting. Our Operating System of choice is Windows 8 x64 Enterprise, with all available updates and patches installed, on a Corsair Neutron 256GB SSD. On the networking side, we utilized the HotLava Vesuvius 6 Port Server Adapter with a direct connection to each NAS appliance. This eliminates the need for a switch, and any bottlenecks that may occur.
The TeraStation 5600 WSS ships preconfigured in RAID 5, and it should stay there. RAID 5 uses fewer system resources than RAID 6, and at the same time, it still keeps your data in a redundant environment. The system supports RAID 0, 1, 5, and JBOD. Optionally, you can configure Windows Storage Pools to allow a two-way parity.
The system information screen for the 5600 WSS shows us a little more about the server itself. Here we can see we are running an x64 copy of Storage Server 2012 R2 fully activated out of the box.
Moving on, we opened up the device manager to take a peek. Here we can see all six drives ready to go, dual NICs, and of course, the four cores on the Intel Atom D2701.
Installed on the TeraStation, you will find the Dashboard; from here, you can get a quick look at what's going on with the system, and if you happen to have a few TeraStations set up at your business, you can beep the machine, and it will play a jingle reminiscent of the old Zelda tune.
Additionally, we have RAID builder from Buffalo that allows quick setup of RAID arrays if you don't want to muck about in disk manager or fiddle with Storage Spaces.
Buffalo also added an interesting application that will allow us to tweak the settings of the front mounted LCD screen.
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