MicroNet MaxNAS 2.5TB Server ReviewNemo - November 27, 2009
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The System section is the last of the configuration areas and contains tools for system management including setting up alerts, checking system logs and configuring the time function on the server.
The MaxNAS can be configured to alert you of problems whether they are warnings or less critical notifications. Notifications can occur in two different ways, either through beeps from the server itself or through e-mail notifications. Setting the audible alerts involves nothing more than clicking on a radio button. If a fault occurs the results in the alarm going off, the radio button on this page is the only to silence the alarm.
Setting up e-mail notifications takes a little bit more effort but is still relatively easy – as long as you have access to an SMTP server. Once you enable e-mail notification by clicking on the radio button you enter the server address and the login credentials along with the from/to e-mail addresses. You can send notifications to four different e-mail addresses. There is a Test button you can use to send out a test message to ensure everything is set up correctly. There is no ability to use Gmail as your SMTP server, though, as Google requires you to use transport layer security (TLS) when logging in.
The MaxNAS provides three types of logging that capture informational, warning and error messages. The logs are displayed in a tabular format that defaults to ten messages per page. You can scroll through the messages and switch from page to page and sort the messages by ascending/descending date and time. There is also an option to save the log files to your client in a .tar.gz format file. Rebooting the system does not truncate the log files as we have seen on other NAS servers.
You can manually set the date, time and time zone for the server on this page. You can also elect to use a network time protocol (NTP) server to automatically keep the time synchronized with an official time either by choosing an NTP server from the drop-down list or by manually setting it to a server of your choice.
The Configuration Management section provides the ability to save the all the system configuration settings to a file to an external location. Clicking the Download button will save the settings on the client PC in your browser's default download directory with a file name of 'conf.bin'. You can then use the Upload feature to restore these settings in case of a system failure or any corruptions of the preferred settings.
You can enhance the functionality of the MaxNAS by installing additional software from MicroNet called packages. Once downloaded from the MicroNet web site, you would need to unzip the files and then use the Browse button to locate the file on the client PC and then click the Install button to upload the software to the MaxNAS. Currently, MicroNet does not offer any additional modules for the MaxNAS.
This options lets you reset all the configuration changes back to the factory default settings. The system will delete any WAN/LAN configuration settings, set all the services you may have enabled back to the default settings and remove any user accounts and groups. It will also reset the administrator account password back to the default 'admin' setting. Your volume configuration and folders should be kept intact, but you should always make sure you have a valid backup of all your data before using this function.
Updating the system firmware is fairly straightforward and can be accomplished in a few steps from this page. Once you have located and downloaded the latest firmware version, you can use the Browse button to locate the upgrade file and then click the Apply button. Once the update is complete you will need to restart the system in order for the changes to take effect. The system came with the latest firmware installed (2.00.12) and there are currently no firmware updates offered on the MicroNet web site.
The password for the administrator account and the front display can be changed from this page by typing in a new password, confirming the change by retyping the password and hitting the Apply button. The password can only consist of letters and numbers; unfortunately, the system will not let you use special characters, which would have resulted in a stronger password.
Reboot & Shutdown
In order to perform an orderly reboot or shutdown without using the power button you can navigate to this page and choose the appropriate action. Pressing either button will bring up a confirmation dialog to make sure you want to perform the action.
Selecting Logout from the drop down menu allows you to log out of the management interface and you will get a chance to confirm the action.
The Language option off the menu bar allows you to specify the language used by the system. In addition to English you can choose French, German, Italian, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Spanish.
That concludes the tour through the configuration options on the MaxNAS. The next topic is the WebDisk user interface used for accessing files on the server.