Thecus N3200PRO NAS Server ReviewNemo - June 14, 2009
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The Accounts section is used to create users and groups. You also use this section to assign users to groups and perform any maintenance functions such as password and group membership changes. You can also set up the N3200PRO to use ADS/NT authentication if you have a domain server on your network.
The N32000PRO offers support for Windows Active Directory and Windows NT authentication if you are using one of these servers to handle domain security on your network. You can specify the Windows Internet Name Service server if you have one as well as the name of the domain you are on. You will also need to enable the ADS/NT authentication support and choose which of the two you are using. Once the service is enable you can enter the specifics such as the server name and login credentials. This is a pretty unusual feature considering the unit is targeted to home users, but it means the N3200PRO can find a home in the enterprise as well.
To add a new user to the NAS you click on the Add button and specify the user name and password. If you would like to have a default folder created on the root of the volume you can click the radio button to have the system set it up for you. The final step is to select which groups the user should be a member of. The user is automatically made a member of the default group named 'users'. Since we haven't created any groups yet there are no other choices at this point. You can always add users to groups during the group creation process. You must hit the Apply button to save the new user account. Once the user account has been created it will show up on the list of users. You can then modify the account and delete from the system using this page.
Groups are used to hold a set of users and allows you to assign permissions once to a group and have it be effective for all users that are a member of that group. This makes setting up the account control list much easier and facilitates maintenance. This may not seem like a huge deal for a small number of users, but it is a necessity for larger number as well as making tracking who has access to what a whole lot easier.
The system has a default users group that all users are automatically a member of. Adding a new group is much like adding a new user – you click the Add button and define the group. On the N3200PRO that definition consists solely of the group name. You can choose which users to add by highlighting the user name and clicking the arrow to add the user to the Members List. You can remove users from the list by highlighting the name and clicking the arrow that points at the Users List pane. Make sure to hit the Apply button to save your changes. As with the users page you can also modify and delete groups here.
Earlier in the review we looked at the Storage section where we created folders. As you recall, we briefly mentioned setting access permissions but at the time we hadn't yet created any users. So let's take a few minutes to revisit the folder permissions. With the folder name highlighted, pressing the ACL button brings up a second screen where you can chose a group or user and then choose the type of access to grant – Deny (no access), Read Only or Writable (full access). To keep things simple the different types of groups and users are even color-coded.
With that done, we need to move on and check out the System section.