Nov 20

The D-Link DNS-320 Network Shares page allows the user to configure shared folders and rights to specific users and groups. To be able to create new network access rules, the default rule must first be removed by simply selecting it and clicking on the Delete button. You can also mount .iso files in the ISO Mount Shares Setting. If a user has access to a mounted .iso file then that user will be able to read all the files within it.

Network Shares: / ISO Mount Shares:

The Network Shares Settings window allows you to add, modify and remove both new and existing Network Share and ISO Mount Share Settings.

To add a rule click on the New button. To modify an existing rule click on the Modify button. To remove a rule click on the Delete button.

To select a rule, simply click on the rule and the entry should change to red.

At the bottom of the table the user can navigate through pages and also refresh the window by click on the Refresh button.

If at any point the user wants to reset the network access list to the default configuration, click on the Reset
Network Shares button.

Adding New Network Shares Wizard

The following section will describe how to add a new Network Share on the D-Link ShareCenter Pulse. To add a Network Share click on the Add button. A easy to configure wizard will be launched and look like the following:

Start:

This window welcomes the user to the setup wizard for adding or modifying a network share.
In this wizard the user will be able to:

1) Select share folders.
2) Configure shared folder access rights.
3) Configure network access settings.
4) View a summary of the configuration before completing.

Click on the Next button to continue.
Click on the Exit button to discard the changes made and return to the Network Shares Page.

Step 1:

Select the folder you want to include in this network share by checking the box.
Click on the Previous button to return to the previous window.
Click on the Next button to accept the change and continue to the next window.
Click on the Exit button to discard the changes made and return to the Network Shares Page.

Step 2:

Select which user accounts or group are allowed to access this folder(s). Select All Account to allow all accounts access to this folder. Select Specific User/Group to only allow certain users or groups access to this folder.

Click on the Previous button to return to the previous window.
Click on the Next button to accept the change and continue to the next window.
Click on the Exit button to discard the changes made and return to the Network Shares Page.

Step 2-1:

Select the appropriate access rights for the share. Options to choose from are Read Only, Read Write and Deny Access. This procedure can also be used to block certain users from accessing certain folders.

Click on the Previous button to return to the previous window.
Click on the Next button to accept the change and continue to the next window.
Click on the Exit button to discard the changes made and return to the Network Shares Page.

Step 2-2:

If you select Specific User/Group in Step 2, then this step allows you to set the access rights for each User configured on the device.
Click on the Previous button to return to the previous window.
Click on the Next button to accept the change and continue to the next window.
Click on the Exit button to discard the changes made and return to the Network Shares Page.

Step 2-2-1:

If you select Specific User/Group in Step 2 then this step allows you to set the access rights for each Group configured on the device.

Click on the Previous button to return to the previous window.
Click on the Next button to accept the change and continue to the next window.
Click on the Exit button to discard the changes made and return to the Network Shares Page.

Step 3:

This step allows you to assign privileges to this share.

Opportunistic locks (oplocks) are a characteristic of the LAN Manager networking protocol implemented in the 32bit Windows family. Oplocks are guarantees made by a server for a shared logical volume to its clients. These guarantees inform the Client that a file’s content will not be allowed to be changed by the server, or if some change is imminent, the client will be notified before the change is allowed to proceed. Oplocks are designed to increase
network performance when it comes to network file sharing.

However it is recommended to set the share oplocks to No (off) when using file-based database applications. When enabled, the file attribute “Map Archive” will be copied as the file is being stored on the device.

Click on the Previous button to return to the previous window.
Click on the Next button to accept the change and continue to the next window.
Click on the Exit button to discard the changes made and return to the Network Shares Page.

Step 3-1:

Assign protocol privileges that a user can use to access this share. Options to choose from are FTP, NFS and WebDAV. CIFS and AFP are set as default.

• CIFS is short for Common Internet File System.
• AFP is short for Apple Filing Protocol.
• FTP* is short for File Transfer Protocol.
• NFS is short for Network File System.
• WebDAV* is short for Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning.

Click on the Previous button to return to the previous window.
Click on the Next button to accept the change and continue to the next window.
Click on the Exit button to discard the changes made and return to the Network Shares Page.

Step 3-1-1:

Select the FTP settings for this share. FTP access can be:

1) FTP Anonymous None (No Access).
2) FTP Anonymous Read Only (Limited Access).
3) FTP Anonymous Read/Write (Full Access).

Click on the Previous button to return to the previous window.
Click on the Next button to accept the change and continue to the next window.
Click on the Exit button to discard the changes made and return to the Network Shares Page.

Step 3-1-2:

If you selected NFS as an access method to your network share then set the parameters below:

• Host – Allowable host address that can access using NFS(* indicates all hosts).
• Root Squash – Disables writing to the Root owned directories and files on the system when the user has root access privileges.
• Write – provide write permission to the file system.

Click on the Previous button to return to the previous window.
Click on the Next button to accept the change and continue to the next window.
Click on the Exit button to discard the changes made and return to the Network Shares Page.

Step 4:

Click Finish to save your settings.
Click on the Previous button to return to the previous window.
Click on the Finish button to accept the change and complete the wizard.
Click on the Exit button to discard the changes made and return to the Network Shares Page.

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Nov 14

The following section will describe how to add a new user on the D-Link DNS-320 Network Storage. To add a user click on the New button. A easy to configure wizard will be launched and look like the following:

This window welcomes the user to the setup wizard for adding or modifying a user. This wizard will guide the user through the steps of setup.

In this wizard the user will be able to:
1) Create a new user account.
2) Join a group.
3) Configure the appropriate network shares settings.
4) Configure the user quota.
5) View a summary of the configuration before completing the addition.

Click on the Next button to continue.
Click on the Exit button to discard the changes made and return to the User/Group window.

Step 1:

Here you can enter the User Name and Password for the new user account. The password needs to be confirmed by re-entering the password in the Confirm Password field.

Click on the Previous button to return to the previous window.
Click on the Next button to accept the change and continue to the next window.
Click on the Exit button to discard the changes made and return to the User/Group window.

Step 2:

Here you can add this user account to a group. Select the appropriate Group Name by clicking the check box.

Click on the Previous button to return to the previous window.Click on the Next button to accept the change and continue to the next window.Click on the Exit button to discard the changes made and return to the User/Group window.

Step 3:

Here the user can configure the appropriate Network Access settings for the user by simply selecting one of the following options: Read Only, Read/Write or Deny Access.

Click on the Previous button to return to the previous window.Click on the Next button to accept the change and continue to the next window.
Click on the Exit button to discard the changes made and return to the User/Group window.

Step4 :

Here you can configure the Quotas settings for the user account. Enter the quota amount in the block(s) indicated in Megabytes. By entering 0Mb the quota will be set to unlimited.

Click on the Previous button to return to the previous window.
Click on the Next button to accept the change and continue to the next window.
Click on the Exit button to discard the changes made and return to the User/Group window.

Step 5:

Here you can confirm to create the new account.
Click on the Previous button to return to the previous window.
Click on the Finish button to accept the change and complete the wizard.
Click on the Exit button to discard the changes made and return to the User/Group window.
After the new account has been created, a window will appear that states the account was created successfully. Click on the OK button to continue.

Step 6:

A final message appears indicating the user is successfully added to the ShareCenter Pulse configuration..

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Nov 13

To setup the Hard Drive RAID configuration of your ShareCenter Pulse, click on the Management tab and then the Disk
Management icon. Select the Hard Drive Configuration menu item on the left of the window. This menu will allow you set the RAID type and format your hard drives.

When you click the Set RAID type and Re-Format button in the Disk Management-Hard Drive Configuration menu, a wizard will launch allowing you to format your drives and create the RAID format. The following is an example of a RAID1 configuration:

1.Initially the steps of the configuration process are shown. You must decide on the RAID type you would like to format your HDDs with. Click the Next button to continue or click Exit to cancel.

2.This screen displays the currently installed HDD information. Any data on the installed hard drives will be lost by the formatting. Click Next to continue.

3.Select the format desired by clicking on the RAID type box to highlight it in blue. In this example the maximum data protection option of RAID 1 is selected. Click Next to continue.

4.If you select a RAID 0 or 1 option then you need to determine the size of the RAID volume. Any extra space will be formatted as a JBOD volume. Click Next to continue.

Note: If you select Leaving the remaining disk space for future, you can format the JBOD partition at a later time.

5.A Volume Configuration Summary is displayed. Check the table and click Next to format the drives. Otherwise click the Previous button to make changes to your configuration or click Exit to end the wizard.

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Oct 19

The D-Link DNS-320 ShareCenterTM Pulse 2-Bay Network Storage shares your documents, photos, music, and videos across the network and on the Internet so family members, friends, or employees can access them. This ShareCenterTM Pulse can hold two 3.5” SATA hard drives and is able to create a central network point for backing up valuable files.

Installation – Windows Only

The Setup Wizard on the CD-ROM will give you step-by-step instructions how to connect, install, and configure your DNS-320.

Step 1:

Insert the supplied CD-ROM into your computer. When the autorun screen appears, click ShareCenterTM Pulse Setup Wizard.

Step 2:

Follow the on-screen instructions. Once complete you can log into the DNS-320 for advanced configuration.

Installation – Non-Windows/Manual Installation

For Mac or Linux users, or for manual installation, follow the steps below:

Step 1:

Remove the top cover of your device by moving the cover lock located on the back of your device and moving the cover lock to the right.

Step 2:

While holding the cover lock, slide the top cover backwards. After sliding the top cover backwards, lift the top cover up to remove it.

Step 3:

Insert a 3.5” SATA hard drive into an available drive bay. Then, re-attach the top cover.

Step 4:

Connect an Ethernet cable to the available Ethernet port. This cable should connect the ShareCenterTM Pulse 2-Bay Network Storage to your local network via a router or switch, or directly to a computer for configuration.

Step 5:

Connect the power adapter to the power receptor.

Step 6:

Open a web browser and enter the IP address of the DNS-320 to access the Web UI. If you have a DHCP-enabled router or server on your network, you may need to check the DHCP table to see what IP address the D-Link DNS-320 was assigned.

D-Link DNS-320 ShareCenterTM Pulse 2-Bay Network Storage

D-Link DNS-320 ShareCenterTM Pulse 2-Bay Network Storage

Note: The computer used to access the ShareCenterTM Pulse web-based configuration manager must be on the same subnet as the ShareCenterTM Pulse. If your network is using a DHCP server and the computer receives IP settings from the DHCP server, the ShareCenterTM Pulse will automatically be in the same subnet.

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Oct 18

This thing is great. I got it from VTech Industries for about $220 AUD. It is basically a mini GNU/Linux server with 2 giant hard drives in it. That price gets you a single 1TB drive and you can install your own drive in the other bay by removing the lid and dropping it in place. The unit, pictured below, is a bit taller and wider than three PC hard drives stacked together.

It comes with a reasonable web interface you can access over your LAN, but I installed the fun_plug hack on it by copying the files across the network and restarting the device – easy. That hack gets you SSH access, rsync, and a bunch of other Linuxy stuff.

We are storing our media and backups on it and it is basically perfect for that use-case. I now once again have a cron-and-rsync based regular backup of all of my servers in the USA, hooray! I’m also routing all SSH traffic to our ADSL router through to it so I can access the files on the device from outside our network if neccessary.

All in all I am very pleased with this purchase.

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