User Guide
Updated for RAIDiator 2.00c1-p6
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About This Guide
1 FrontView Advanced Control
System Time
NTP Option
Share Mode
Specify a Workgroup
User Mode
Specify a Workgroup
Setting up Accounts
Managing Groups
Managing Users
Setting Accounts Defaults
Domain Mode
Domain/ADS Authentication
Adding Shares
Managing Shares
Setting Share Access in Share Mode
Setting Share Access in User and Domain Modes
Advanced Options
Taking and Scheduling Snapshot
Resizing Snapshot Space
Volume Management
Advantages of ReadyNAS Models 600/1000
Advantages of ReadyNAS with X-RAID
Volume Management for ReadyNAS Models 600/1000
Deleting a Volume
Adding a Volume
RAID Settings
X-RAID Redundancy Overhead
X-RAID Has one data volume
Adding a 2nd DISK for Redundancy
Adding a 3rd and 4th DISK for MORE Capacity
Replacing All Your Disks for Even MORE Capacity
Changing Between X-RAID and Non-X-RAID Modes
USB Storage
USB Printers
Alerts Contacts
Alerts Settings
Adding a UPS for performance
Updating ReadyNAS
Admin Password
Volume Management for ReadyNAS with X-RAID
Remote Update
Local Update
Factory Default
Adding a New Backup Job
Step 1 – Select Backup Source
Step 2 – Select Backup Destination
Step 3 – Choose Backup Schedule
Step 4 – Choose Backup Options
Viewing the Backup Schedule
Viewing the Backup Log
Editing a Backup Job
2 Accessing Shares
Linux / UNIX
Web Browser
Networked DVD Players and UPnP AV Media Adapters
3 Replacing a Failed Disk
Locate the Failed Disk
Order Replacement Disk
Replace the Failed Disk
Re-synchronize the Volume
4 System Reset Switch
5 Changing User Passwords
A RAID Levels Simplified
RAID Level 0
RAID Level 1
RAID Level 5
B Input Field Format
Domain/Workgroup Name
Host Name
ReadyNAS Host Name
Host Expression
Share Name
Share Password
SNMP Community
User/Group Name
User Password
C Glossary
D If You Need Help…
About This Guide
Congratulations and thank you for purchasing a ReadyNAS Instant Storage system from Infrant
Technologies. If you haven’t already done so, please read the Getting Started guide provided in the
shipping box and the Quick Installation Guide on the CD-ROM.
The Quick Installation Guide takes you step-by-step through the FrontView Setup Wizard and
quickly prepares the ReadyNAS for your network. The User Guide explains each of the available
options in detail, including a lot of advanced options not available during the Setup Wizard process.
Chapter 1, “FrontView Advanced Control”, describes all the menus and tabs available in the
Advanced Control mode.
If you have already configured the ReadyNAS and you need help in accessing the shares on the
ReadyNAS, skip to Chapter 2, “Accessing Shares”.
In the event of a disk failure, the proper procedure for replacing the failed disk is in Chapter 3,
“Replacing a Failed Disk”.
Sometimes it may be necessary to re-install the firmware or reset the system back to the factory
default configuration. Chapter 4, “System Reset Switch”, explains the process for doing both.
Chapter 5, “Changing User Passwords”, covers how non-admin users can access FrontView to
change their password.
For an explanation of the RAID levels that the ReadyNAS supports, please refer to Appendix A,
“RAID Levels Simplified”.
If you have questions on what constitutes a valid input for host name, workgroup, or password,
Appendix B, “Input Field Format”, describes these and more.
Appendix C, “Glossary”, provides definitions for some of the technical terminologies used in this
If you need help during setup, refer to Appendix D, “If You Need Help…”.
FrontView Advanced Control
The Advanced Control mode offers the all settings available in the Setup Wizard plus more.
When you first switch to this mode, you’ll notice the menus on the left that allow you to quickly
jump to the desired menu page. Towards the bottom left, you’ll notice buttons that allow you to
switch back and forth between the Setup Wizard mode and the Advanced Control mode..
As you click on the menu buttons, you’ll notice a similar theme across all menu pages. At the top
right corner is the command bar which typically provides options to print or email the page, refresh
the browser window, or display help where available.
At the furthest bottom is the status bar with the date button which doubles its duty as a clock and a
link to the Clock page. The status LEDs to the right gives a quick glimpse of the system device
The status represent:
Not present – No disk or device attached.
Normal – Device in normal operating mode.
Warning or Dead – The device has failed or requires attention.
Inactive spare – This disk is a “hot spare” on standby. When a disk fails, this disk will
take over automatically.
Awaiting re-sync; blinks if re-syncing – This disk is waiting to re-sync to the RAID
volume. If the LED is blinking, this disk is currently re-syncing. During the re-sync
process, the performance is temporarily in a “degraded” mode and another disk failure in
the volume will render it dead.
Life support mode – The volume has encountered multiple disk failures and is in the state
of being marked dead. However, the ReadyNAS has blocked it from being marked dead in
the event that someone may have accidentally pulled out the wrong disk during runtime. If
the wrong disk was pulled out, shutdown the ReadyNAS immediately, reconnect the disk,
and power-on the ReadyNAS. If you reconnect the disk during runtime, the ReadyNAS
will mark it as a newly added disk and you will no longer be able to access the data on it.
Background task active – A lengthy background task such as a system update is in
Move the mouse cursor over the LED to display more information on the device, or click on it to
display the status in more detail.
Right above the status bar is the action bar. To the left is the Logout button. Due to security
reasons, the Logout button only acts as a reminder to close the current browser session which is
necessary to securely log out. To the right is the Apply button. Use this to save any changes in the
current menu page.
System Time
The System Time tab in the Clock page allows you to set the date, time, and time zone. Set
appropriately to ensure files maintain proper timestamp.
NTP Option
You can elect to synchronize the system time on the device with a remote NTP (Network Time
Protocol) server. Click on the NTP Options tab to designate the host name or IP address of the
NTP server. You can elect to keep the default server or enter a NTP server closer to your locale.
Available public NTP servers can be found by searching the web.
The Ethernet tab allows you to set the hostname, IP address, network mask, and default gateway for
your ReadyNAS device. In most networks where a DHCP server is enabled, you can simply specify
the “Use values from a DHCP server” option to automatically set the three parameters.
If you assign a static IP address, be aware that the browser will lose connection to the ReadyNAS
device after the IP address has been changed. You can click Rescan in RAIDar to locate the device
and reconnect from there.
If your ReadyNAS device comes with multiple Ethernet interfaces, you will see a separate
configuration tab for each interface.
If you elect to assign the IP address using DHCP, it is advisable to set the
lease time on the DHCP server/router to a value of at least a day.
Otherwise, you may notice that the ReadyNAS IP address may change even
when it has been powered down for only a few minutes. Most DHCP
servers allow you to assign a static IP address for specified MAC addresses.
If you have this option, this would be a good way to ensure your
ReadyNAS maintains the same IP address even in DHCP mode.
There are a couple of ways in which you can use this NAS device over a wireless network. You can
either connect the NAS to your wireless access point with a Cat-5 Ethernet cable, or you can
connect a USB wireless adapter directly to the USB port on the NAS device.
The wireless network tab shows up in the Network menu when a supported USB wireless adapter is
connected. Enter the network name (ESSID), operating mode (typically Managed if you have an
access point), data encryption mode, and encryption key values from your wireless access point.
Select the desired IP assignment method (DHCP or static) and save the changes to start using your
ReadyNAS device with the wireless USB adapter.
Please note that support for USB wireless devices is limited. Consult the
hardware device compatibility list for a list of devices that are currently
supported. Future updates may support additional adapters.
The DNS tab allows you to specify up to three Domain Name Service servers for host name
resolution. If you are unfamiliar with DNS, the service essentially translates host names into IP
If you had selected the DHCP option in the Ethernet or Wireless tab, the domain name server fields
will be automatically populated with the DNS settings from your DHCP server. If you had selected
the Static option, you can manually specify the IP addresses of the DNS servers and the domain
name here.
The WINS tab allows you to specify the IP address of the WINS (Windows Internet Naming
Service) server. A WINS server is typically a Windows server on the network that will allow the
ReadyNAS to be (Windows) browsable from other subnets. Leave this blank if you are unsure.
The DHCP tab allows this device to act as a DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) server.
DHCP service simplifies management of a network by dynamically assigning IP addresses to new
clients on the network.
Click on the Enable DHCP service checkbox if you want the ReadyNAS device to act as a DHCP
server. This is convenient in networks where DHCP service is not already available.
These options are available only if this device is not already using a DHCP
address. Enabling DHCP service on a network already utilizing another
DHCP server will result in conflicts. If you wish to use this device as a
DHCP server, make sure to specify static addresses in the Ethernet and
DNS tabs.
The Route tab is available if you have two or more network interfaces (Ethernet or Wireless
combined) on your ReadyNAS. In some environments, you can optimize your network traffic by
manually setting up a routing table.
Route table management is beyond the scope of this manual, and this option is provided only for
advanced users who understand routing and wish to deviate from the default routes.
The ReadyNAS device offers three security options for your network environment. Read the quick
overview below to help select the most appropriate option based on the required level of security
and your current network authentication scheme.
The Share security mode is suitable for most home and small office environments, providing a
simple way for people in a trusted environment to share files without the necessity of setting up
separate user and group accounts. Shares that you create in this environment can be passwordprotected if desired.
A more appropriate selection for the medium-size office or workgroup environment is the User
security mode. This mode allows you to set up user and group accounts to allow for more specific
share access restrictions. Access to shares requires proper login authentication, and you can specify
which users and/or groups you wish to offer access. As an example, you may want to restrict
company financial data to just users belonging to one particular group. In this security mode, the
administrator will need to set up and maintain user and group accounts on the ReadyNAS device
itself. In addition, each user account will be automatically set up with a private home share on the
The Domain security mode is most appropriate for larger department or corporate environments,
where a centralized Windows-based domain controller or active directory server is present. The
ReadyNAS device integrates in this environment by creating a trusted relationship with the
domain/ADS authentication server and allowing all user authentications to occur there, eliminating
the need for separate account administration on the device itself. Also, in this security mode, each
domain/ADS user will be automatically set up with a private home share on the ReadyNAS.
Share Mode
The Share security mode is the easiest security option to set up. You only need to specify a
workgroup if you wish to change it from the default.
To change the workgroup name, click on the Workgroup tab and enter a new name.
A valid workgroup name must conform to the following restrictions:
Name must consist of characters a-z, A-Z, 0-9, and the symbols _ (underscore), – (dash),
and . (period).
Name must start with a letter.
Name length must be 15 characters or less.
User Mode
In User security mode, you specify a workgroup name just as you would in the previous security
option, and create user and group accounts. You will have control over how much disk space is
allocated for each user or group.
In this security mode, each user will be given a home share on the ReadyNAS device that the user
can use to keep private data such as backups of the user’s PC. This private share is accessible only
by that user and the administrator who needs the privilege to perform backups of these private
Private user shares are only accessible by users using CIFS (Windows) or
AppleTalk file protocols.
To set up the ReadyNAS for this security mode, you will need the following information:
Workgroup name
Group names you wish to create (i.e. Marketing, Sales, Engineering)
User names you wish to create (plus email addresses if you will be setting disk quotas)
Amount of disk space you would like to allocate to users and groups (optional)
To specify a workgroup name, click on the Workgroup tab and enter the name. The name can be
the workgroup name that is already used on your Windows network.
In this security mode, the Accounts tab is available where you can manage user and group accounts
on the ReadyNAS device. A good starting point would be to select the Manage groups option
from the drop-down box in the upper right corner.
To add a new group, click on the Add Group tab if it is not already selected. You can add up to five
groups at a time. If you expect to have just one big set of users for one group, you can forego
adding a new group and accept the default users group.
While adding a new group, you can specify the amount of disk space you wish to allocate that group
by setting a disk quota. A value of 0 denotes no limit. You can set or change the quota at a later
time. You can also set the Group ID, or GID, of the group that you are adding. You can leave this
field blank and let the system automatically assign this value unless you wish to match your GID to
your NFS clients.
After adding your groups, you can view or change your groups by clicking on the alphabetical index
tab, or All to list all groups.
To manage user accounts, select the Manage users option in the drop-down box.
To add a user, click on the Add User tab. You can add up to five users at a time.
You can enter a user name, email address, user ID, select a group, password, and disk quota for the
user. Only the user name and password fields are required, however, you should specify the user
email address if you intend to set up disk quotas. Without an email address, the user will not be
warned when disk usage approaches the specified disk quota limit. If you do not wish to assign a
disk quota, enter 0.
If you wish to add a large number of users, select Import user list from the selection box.
Here, you can upload a CSV (Comma Separated Value) formatted file containing the user account
information. The format of the file is:
Please note the following:
Spaces around commas are ignored.
The name and password fields are required.
Password must be 1 to 8 characters in length.
If a listed group account does not exist, it will be automatically created.
Group and quota will be set to the defaults if not specified.
Email notification will not be sent to the user if the field is ommitted or left blank.
UID will be automatically generated if not specified.
Empty fields are replaced with accounts defaults.
Examples of acceptable formats are as follows (note that you can ommit follow-on commas and
fields if you wish to accept the system defaults for those fields, or you can leave the fields empty):
In this example, user fred will have password set to hello123, belongs to the default group, no email
notification, automatic UID assigned, and default quota.
In this example, user barney will have password set to 23stone, belongs to the default group, will be
sent email notification to, automatic UID assigned, and default quota.
In this example, user wilma will have password imhiswif, belongs to group ourgroup, email notification
sent to, UID set to 225, and quota set to 50MB.
You can set account defaults by selecting the Set defaults option in the drop-down box. Here you
can set up a default group for new users, a default user disk quota, and a default warning point when
email alerts should be sent to users approaching quota limits. If multiple volumes are configured,
you can select on which volume the user private home share will be located.
Domain Mode
If you choose the Domain security mode option, you will need to create a trusted relationship with
the domain controller or the active directory server (ADS) that will act as the authentication server
for the ReadyNAS device. You will need the following information:
Domain name
Domain administrator login
Domain administrator password
DNS name of the ADS realm (if using ADS)
Enter these items in the Authentication tab and click Apply. If successful, the ReadyNAS device
will have joined the domain and all users and groups from the domain will have login access to the
shares on this device. You can view all domain users and groups in the Accounts tab.
If you wish, you can assign a disk quota to the domain users and groups. If email addresses are
specified, users will be automatically notified when approaching and reaching their quotas.
The Shares menu provides all the options pertaining to share services for the ReadyNAS device.
This entails share management (including data and print shares), volume management, and share
service management.
We’ll first look at how we can control the services.
The Services tab allows you to manage the file protocols for share access. This in effect controls the
type of clients you wish to enable share access.
At the top are the file protocols, a bunch of daunting acronyms if you are not familiar with them,
but we’ll try to explain them here:
CIFS, or Common Internet File Service. This protocol is used by Microsoft Windows and
Mac OS X clients. Under Windows, when you click on My Network Places or Network
Neighborhood, you’re going across CIFS. This service is enabled by default and cannot be
NFS, or Network File Service. NFS is used by Linux and Unix clients. Mac OS 9/X users
can access NFS shares as well through console shell access.
AFP, or AppleTalk File Protocol. Mac OS 9 uses this protocol. Mac OS X supports this
but it now defaults to using CIFS.
FTP, or File Transfer Protocol. Widely used in public file upload and download sites.
ReadyNAS supports anonymous or user access for FTP clients, depending on the security
mode selected. If you wish, you can elect to set up port-forwarding to a non-standard port
for better security when accessed over the Internet.
HTTP, or Hypertext Transfer Protocol. Used by web browsers. ReadyNAS supports
HTTP file manager, allowing web browsers to read and write to shares using the web
browser. This service can be disabled in lieu of HTTPS to allow for a more secure
transmission of passwords and data.
HTTPS, or HTTP with SSL encryption. This service is enabled by default and cannot be
disabled. Access to FrontView is strictly through HTTPS for this reason.
Rsync, an extremely popular and efficient form of incremental backup made popular in
the Linux platform but is now available for various other Unix systems as well as Windows.
Next are Streaming File Protocols, a list of built-in streaming servers available straight from the
ReadyNAS to serve the growing number of network media players without ever having to turn on
your PC or Mac.
UPnP AV, a standard streaming server allowing compatibility with stand-alone networked
home media adapters and some networked DVD players. The ReadyNAS comes with a
reserved media share that is advertised and recognized by the players. Simply copy your
media files to the Videos, Music, and Pictures folders in that share to display them on your
Home Media Streaming Server, a service used to stream videos, music, and pictures to
popular networked DVD players. Similar to UPnP AV, this service is used to stream
videos, music, and pictures from the reserved media share to these adapters.
Adding Shares
To add a share, click on the Volume tab. If more than one volume is configured, click on the
volume you wish to add the share.
The Add Share tab has two looks, depending on the security mode. In the Share mode, you will
enter the share name, description, and optional password and disk quota. The share password and
share disk quota is available only in this security mode.
In the User or Domain security modes, the Add Share tab consists only of fields for the share name
and description. Password and disk quotas are account-specific.
In either case, you can add up to five shares at a time. Once you finish adding the shares, you can
refer to Chapter 2 for instructions on how to access them from different client interfaces.
Managing Shares
Once you have added shares, you may want to manually fine-tune share access in the Share List
tab. This tab has two looks, one for Share security mode and one for User and Domain mode.
They’re both similar except for the password and disk quota prompts which only appear in Share
If you want to delete a share, click on the checkbox to the far right of the share listing and click
Delete. You have the option of deleting up to five shares at a time.
The columns to the left of the Delete checkbox represent the services that are currently enabled, and
the access icons in those columns summarize the access rights to the share for each of the services.
You can move the mouse pointer over the access icons to get a quick glimpse of the access settings.
The settings represent:
Disabled – Access to this share is disabled.
Read-only Access – Access to this share is read-only.
Read/Write Access – Access to this share is read/write.
Read Access with exceptions – Either (1) access to this share is read-only and only
allowed for specified hosts, (2) access is read-only except for one or more users or groups
that are granted read/write permission, or (3) access is disabled except for one or more
users or groups that are granted read-only privilege.
Write Access with exceptions – Either (1) access to this share is read/write and only
allowed for specified hosts, (2) access is read/write except for one or more users or groups
that are restricted to read-only access, or (3) access is disabled except for one or more users
or groups that are granted read/write privilege.
You can click on the access icons to bring up the Share Options tab where you can set the access
rules for each file protocol. Keep in mind that access options will differ between protocols.
In Share mode, the CIFS/Windows share options tab will look as follows:
In this tab, you can select the default access at the top and optionally specify the host(s) that you
wish to allow restrict access to in the Share Access Restriction box.
Share Access Restriction
For instance, select read-only for default access and list the hosts you wish to allow access to.
Access from all other hosts will be denied. For example, to allow only host read-only
access to the share, specify the following:
Hosts allowed access:
Multiple hosts can be separated with commas (see Appendix B for more description of valid host
formats.) For example, if you wish to limit access to the share to particular hosts, you can enter host
IP addresses or valid DNS hostnames in the Host allowed access field. In addition, you can enter a
range of hosts using common IP range expressions such as:
The above designations all allow hosts with IP addresses through
Towards the bottom of the Windows [CIFS] tab, you’ll notice the Share Display, Recycle Bin,
and Advanced CIFS Permission options. Refer to the description for these options below.
In User or Domain modes, the same tab would look as follows (note the addition of read-only and
write-enabled user and group fields):
Share Access Restriction
If you wish to limit share access to particular users and/or groups, you can enter their names in the
Read-only users, Read-only groups, Write-enabled users, and Write-enabled group fields.
The names must be valid accounts, either on the ReadyNAS or on the domain controller.
For instance, if you wish to allow read-only access to all and read/write access only user fred and
group engr, you would set the following:
Write-enabled users:
Write-enabled groups:
If you wish to limit the above access only to hosts and, set the
Hosts allowed access:
Write-enabled users:
Write-enabled groups:
If you wish to specify some users and groups for read-only access and some for read/write access,
and disallow all other users and groups, enter the following:
Hosts allowed access:
Read-only users:
Read-only groups:
Write-enabled users:
mary, joe
marketing, finance
Write-enabled groups:
Note that access control will differ slightly from service to service.
Share Display Option
Restricting access to a share will not prevent users from seeing the share in the browse list. In
certain instances, this might not be desirable, such as for backup shares that you may want to
prevent users from seeing. To hide a share, select the Hide this share… option. Users who have
access to this share must specify the path explicitly. For example, to access a hidden share, enter
\\host\share in the Windows Explorer.
Recycle Bin
The ReadyNAS can have a Recycle Bin for each share for Windows users. You will see the Enable
Recycle Bin option at the bottom of the Windows [CIFS] access tab.
When enabled, whenever you delete a file, the file gets inserted into the Recycle Bin folder in the
Share rather than being permanently deleted. This allows for a grace period where users can restore
deleted files.
You can specify how long to keep the files in the Recycle Bin and how large the Recycle Bin can get
before files get permanently erased.
Advanced CIFS Permission
The Advanced CIFS Permission box offers options for setting the default permission of new files
and folders created via CIFS. The default permission of newly created files is read/write for the
owner and owner’s group and read-only for others (i.e. everyone). Permission for newly created
folders is read/write for everyone. If the default doesn’t satisfy your security requirement, you can
change it here.
The Advanced Options tab offers advanced low-level file manipulation options that can affect
remote file access through all file protocol interfaces. Care should be taken before using these
options as anything that changes ownership and permissions may not be easily reversible.
Advanced Share Permission
The Advanced Share Permission box offers the options to override the default ownership and
permission of the share folder on the embedded file system and to permeate these settings to all files
and folders residing on the selected share. The Set ownership and permission for existing files
and folders… option will perform a one-time change. Depending on the size of the share, this can
take awhile to finish.
You can also grant rename and delete privilege to non-owners of the files option. In a
collaborative environment, it may be desirable to enable this option. In a more security-conscious
environment, it may be desirable to disable this option.
The Volume page offers the ability to schedule and take snapshots. You can visualize a snapshot as
a frozen image of a volume at the time you take the snapshot. Snapshots are typically used for
backups during which time the original volume can continue to operate normally. As primary
storage becomes larger, offline backups tend to become increasingly difficult as backup time
increases beyond offline hours. Snapshots allow backups to occur without taking systems offline.
Snapshots also can be used as temporary backups as well, perhaps as a means to backup data against
viruses. As an example, if a file becomes infected with a virus on the NAS device, the uninfected file
can be restored from a prior snapshot taken before the attack.
To take or schedule a snapshot, click on the Snapshot tab.
If you do not see a Snapshot tab within your volume tab, you did not
reserve any space for snapshots when you added the volume. The
ReadyNAS ships with a snapshot reserved space of 5% for volume C.
In the tab, you can specify how often a snapshot should be taken. Snapshots can be scheduled in
intervals from once every 4 hours to once a week.
Specify the frequency and the days that you wish to schedule a snapshot. A start and end-time of
00:00 will take one snapshot at midnight. A start time of 00:00 and end-time of 23:00 will take
snapshots between midnight and 11pm the next day at the interval you specify. Once you save the
snapshot schedule, the time of the next snapshot will be displayed. When the next snapshot is
taken, the previous one is replaced.
If you prefer, you can manually take a snapshot – just click on Take snapshot now.
When a snapshot is taken, snapshots of shares appear in your browse list alongside the original
shares, except the snapshot share names have –snap appended to the original share names. For
example, a snapshot taken of share backup will be available as backup-snap.
You can traverse a snapshot share just as you would a normal share except that the snapshot share is
read-only. If you wish, you can select a detailed listing to show the snapshot time in the description
Do note that snapshots can expire when the snapshot reserved space is filled. The snapshot
mechanism keeps track of data that has been changed from the original volume starting at the point
when the snapshot is taken. All these changes are kept in the snapshot reserved space on the
volume. If you look at the Disk space utilization information just below the Volume tab, you will
see how much space has been reserved for snapshots.
From the point when the snapshot is taken, if changes on the volume exceed this reserved space, the
snapshot is invalidated and can no longer be used.
Changes that occupy space in the snapshot reserved space include new file
creation, modifications, and deletions; for instance, any time you delete a
1MB file, the change caused by the deletion will use up 1MB of reserved
When the snapshot does become invalidated, an email alert will be sent and the status will be
reflected in the Snapshot tab. The snapshot is no longer usable at this stage.
If you are constantly getting this notification, you may want to either increase the frequency of the
snapshot, or consider increasing the snapshot reserved space. To do this, you can specify the
desired snapshot space in the Snapshot Space box. Simply enter a value from 0 to 50% and click
The process of resizing the snapshot space can take awhile depending on your data volume size and
the number of files in your volume. Expanding the snapshot space will reduce your data volume
size, and reducing the snapshot space will expand it.
Due to the nature of how snapshots work, you will encounter a drop in
write performance when a snapshot is active. If your environment requires
the highest throughput in performance, the active snapshot should be
deleted and any scheduled snapshots should be disabled.
Volume Management
The ReadyNAS family consists of two RAID volume technologies. The ReadyNAS Models 600
and 1000 utilize the industry standard RAID levels 0, 1, and 5. The ReadyNAS X6 and NV utilize
the Infrant patent-pending X-RAID technology.
There are advantages to both technologies.
1. The default volume can be deleted and recreated, with or without the snapshot
reserved space.
2. Hot spare disk is supported.
3. Full volume management is available – you can create a volume utilizing RAID level 0,
1, or 5, specify the size of the volume, delete a disk from a volume, assign a hot spare,
4. Multiple volumes are supported, each with a different RAID level, snapshot schedule
and disk quota definition.
5. Each disk can be replaced, one by one, then rebuilt; after the last disk is replaced,
another data volume utilizing the newly added capacity can be configured.
1. One volume technology, but supports volume expansion, either by adding more disks
or by replacing existing disk with larger capacity disks.
2. You can start out with one disk, and add up to 3 more disks when you need them or
can afford them.
3. Volume management is automatic. Add a 2nd disk; it becomes a mirror to the 1st. Add
a 3rd, your capacity doubles; add a 4th, and your capacity triples – the expansion
occurring while maintaining redundancy.
4. At a future point in time, each disk can be replaced one by one, have it finish
rebuilding, and after the last disk is replaced, your volume automatically expands
utilizing the new capacity.
Volume Management for ReadyNAS Models 600/1000
If you wish to reconfigure the default volume C, wish to split it into multiple volumes, specify a
different RAID level, or specify a larger reserved space for snapshots, you will need to reconfigure
your volume. The first step is to delete the existing volume you wish to replace.
To delete a volume, click on the volume tab of the volume you wish to delete or Volume C if only
one volume is configured. Make sure if you have data in that volume that you back up the files you
wish to keep first. All shares, files, and snapshots residing on that volume WILL BE DELETED
Click Delete Volume in the Volume C tab.
You will be asked to confirm your intention by typing:
You will then be presented with the Add Volume tab listing the available configurable space on the
hard disks. All the disks will be selected by default. You can elect to specify a hot spare disk if you
wish. A hot spare remains in standby mode and will automatically regenerate the data from a failed
disk from the volume. A hot spare disk is only available for RAID level 1 and RAID level 5 if there
is enough disks to fulfill the required minimum plus one.
Select Hard Disks
In our example here, we’ll select the first three disks and elect not to specify any of them as a hot
Select RAID level
RAID level determines how the redundancy, capacity utilization, and performance is implemented
for the volume. See Appendix A, “RAID Levels Simplified”, for more information. Typically in a
three or more disk configuration, RAID level 5 is recommended.
In our example above, we selected RAID level 5 for the three selected disks.
Specify reserve space for snapshot
Next, select the percentage of the volume you wish to allocate for snapshots. You can elect to
specify 0 if you wish to disable snapshot capability, or you can specify a percentage in 5% increment
from 5 to 50%.
The percentage represents the amount of data you feel would be changing while the snapshot is
active. This typically depends on how often you schedule your snapshot (see previous section on
snapshot), and the maximum amount of data (plus padding) you feel will change during that time.
Make sure to allocate enough space for worse case as the snapshot becomes unusable when its
reserved space runs out.
In our example above, we selected 10% of the volume to be reserved for snapshots.
If you do not reserve any space for snapshots, the snapshot tab will not be
displayed within the volume tab.
Specify desired volume size
After you’ve specified the above volume parameters, enter the desired volume size if you wish to
configure a smaller volume size than the maximum displayed. The resulting volume will be
approximately the size that is specified.
In our example above, we kept the maximum size that was calculated.
Click Apply and wait for instruction to reboot the system. It typically takes about a minute before
you are notified to reboot.
After rebooting, you will then be notified by email when the volume has been added. Use RAIDar
to reconnect to the NAS device.
After you have added a volume, you can revisit the Volume tab and click on the RAID Settings tab
to display the current RAID information and configuration options for the volume.
Notice the disk on channel 4 that we did not configure is listed in the Available Disks section. We
can add this disk as a hot spare by clicking on the Make hot spare button.
We can also remove a disk from the volume by clicking on the Remove button. The volume will
still be available but in a non-redundant state. An additional disk failure would render this volume
The Remove operation is a maintenance feature and is not recommended in
a live environment. Its function is equivalent to hot-removing the disk or
simulating a disk failure.
The Locate option is a way to verify that a disk is correctly situated in the expected disk slot.
Clicking on Locate will blink the LED of the disk for 15 seconds.
Volume Management for ReadyNAS with X-RAID
The ReadyNAS with X-RAID technology offers a simplified approach to volume management. XRAID works on the premise that what most people want to do with their data volume over time is
either adding redundancy or expanding it without any complexity. By using simple rules, X-RAID is
able to hide all the complexities yet provide volume management features only previously available
in enterprise-level storage solutions.
To maintain redundancy from disk failure, X-RAID requires a one-disk overhead. In a two-disk XRAID volume, the usable capacity is one disk. In a three-disk X-RAID volume, the usable capacity
is two disks. In a four-disk X-RAID volume, the usable capacity is three disks.
X-RAID devices only have one data volume. This volume encompasses one to four disks, utilizing
the capacity of the smallest disk from each disk. For instance, if you had one 80GB disk and two
250GB disks, only 80GB from each disk will be used in the volume. (The leftover space on the
250GB disks will be reclaimed only when the 80GB disk is replaced with a 250GB or greater
capacity disk. See “Replacing All Your Disks for Even More Capacity” below.)
A one-disk X-RAID device has no redundancy and provides no protection from a disk failure.
However, if and when you feel the need for redundancy, simply power down the device, add a new
disk with at least the capacity of the first disk, and power on. Depending on the size of the disk,
within a few hours, your data volume will be fully redundant. The process occurs in the
background, so access to the ReadyNAS is not interrupted.
At a certain point, you will want more capacity. With typical RAID volumes, you will have to
backup your data to another system (with enough space), add a new disk, reformat your RAID
volume, and restore your data back to the new RAID volume.
Not so with X-RAID. Simply power down the device, add the 3rd and perhaps 4th disk and power
on. The X-RAID device will initialize and scan the newly added disk(s) for bad sectors in the
background. You can continue working normally with the device during this process without any
lag in performance. When the process finishes, you will be alerted by email to reboot the device.
During the boot process, your data volume is expanded. This process typically takes about 15-30
minutes per disk, perhaps more, depending on the size of your disks. A 250GB disk takes
approximately 30 minutes. Access to the ReadyNAS is not permitted during this time. You will be
notified by email when the process is complete.
After you receive your email, the ReadyNAS will have been expanded with the capacity from your
new disk(s).
A couple years down the line, you find the need more disk space, and 600GB disks are available at
an attractive price. Again, you can expand your volume capacity quite easily, although you will need
to power down several times to replace out your old disks.
First, power down the ReadyNAS, replace the first disk with the larger capacity disk, and boot. The
ReadyNAS will detect that a new disk was put in place and will resync the disk with data from the
removed disk. This process will take several hours, depending on disk capacity. The disk will be
initialized and scanned for bad sectors first before the resync is started. The total time from the start
of initialization to the end of resync can be around 5 hours or more, depending on disk capacity.
You will be notified when this resync process is complete.
Upon completion, power down, replace the 2nd disk with another larger capacity disk, and boot. The
process will be the same as the 1st disk. You will do this also for the 3rd and 4th disk.
Once you get the completion notification for the 4th disk, reboot the ReadyNAS. During boot,
volume capacity is expanded with the additional capacity from each disk. For instance, if you had
replaced four 250GB disks with four 600GB disks, the capacity of the volume will increase by
approximately 350GB x 3 (the fourth disk is reserved for parity). The expansion process will take
several hours depending on the capacity expanded, and you will be notified by email when the
process is complete. There is no access to the ReadyNAS during this time.
Changing Between X-RAID and Non-X-RAID Modes
With RAIDiator and RAIDar 2.00c1-p6, you can switch between X-RAID and non-X-RAID
modes. The process involves setting the ReadyNAS to factory default and using RAIDar to
configure the volume during a 10-minute delay window during boot. Please see Chapter 4 –
System Reset Switch for more information.
USB storage and printer devices are accessed from the network as a normal data or print share. You
can assign access restrictions and password-protect a USB storage share just as you would a normal
data share, and access to the share is almost identical. The Print shares appear as remote printer
devices to Windows and OS X users, and setting up to print on the printers connected to the
ReadyNAS is as simple as setting up a network printer.
The USB Storage tab displays the USB disk and flash devices connected to the ReadyNAS, and
offers various options for these devices. At the top, each partition of storage devices appear in a
share list, similar to the way data shares are presented. The automatically generated share names, i.e.
USB_HDD_1, USB_HDD_2, USB_FLASH_1, represents the type of device connected, and the
partition number on that device.
When browsing for shares on the ReadyNAS, these USB device share names appear alongside the
data shares and access to them are just the same.
Do note that only recognized partitions will be listed and available as a share. Partitions must be one
of the following file system formats:
NTFS (read-only)
Identical to data shares, in Share security mode, you can optionally protect the USB share with a
password. Advanced share restrictions, such as limiting share access to only particular hosts, is
available by clicking on the access icons.
In non-Share mode, you can restrict access by clicking on the access icon and entering users or
groups you wish to limit access to.
Although access authorization is based on user login in non-Share mode,
files saved on the USB device, regardless of the user account, are with UID
0. This is to allow easy sharing of the USB device with other ReadyNAS
and PC systems.
To the right of the access icons are command options for the device. The following commands are
This option prepares the USB partition for disconnection by properly
unmounting the file system. In most cases, you can safely disconnect the device
without first unmounting; however, the Unmount command ensures that any data
still in the write-cache is written out to the disks and the file system is properly
If an Unmount operation was performed, the Mount command re-mounts the
partitions and makes the USB share accessible again.
In cases where you attach multiple storage devices and wish to determine which
device corresponds to the USB share entry, the Locate command will blink the
device LED, if present.
Format FAT32: This option formats the device as a FAT32 file system. FAT32 format is easily
recognizable by most newer Windows, Linux and Unix operating systems.
Format EXT3: This option formats the device as an EXT3 file system. Select this option if you
will be accessing the USB device mainly from Linux systems or ReadyNAS
devices. The advantage of EXT3 over FAT32 is that file ownership and mode
information can be retained using this format whereas this capability is not there
with FAT32.
USB Flash Device Option
Towards the lower portion of the USB Storage tab, you’ll notice the USB Flash Device Option.
There, you can elect to copy the content of a USB flash device automatically on connect to a
specified share. Files are copied into a unique timestamp folder to prevent overwriting previous
contents. This is useful for uploading pictures from digital cameras and music from MP3 players
without needing to power-on a PC.
In User security mode, an additional option to set the ownership of the copied files is available.
The ReadyNAS device supports automatic recognition of USB printers. If you have not already
done so, you can connect a printer now, wait a few seconds, and click on the USB Printers tab or
Refresh the page to display detected printers. The print share name will automatically reflect the
manufacturer and model of your printer and will list in the USB Printers tab.
The ReadyNAS can act as a print server for up to two USB printers for your Windows or Mac
clients. For example, to setup a printer under Windows, click Browse in RAIDar or simply enter
\\hostname in the Windows Explorer address bar to list all data and printer shares on the
Double-click the printer icon to assign a Windows driver.
Managing Print Queues
From time to time, printers may run out of ink, paper, or simply jam up, forcing you to deal with the
print jobs stuck in a queue. The ReadyNAS has a built-in print queue management to handle this.
Simply go to the USB Printers tab or click Refresh to display the printers and the jobs queued up
for any “stuck” printers.
Click on the checkbox next to the print jobs and click Apply to remove them from the print queue.
The Contacts tab allows you to specify up to three email addresses where system alerts will be sent.
The ReadyNAS device has a robust system monitoring feature and sends email alerts if something
appears to be wrong or when a device has failed. Make sure to enter a primary email address and a
backup one if possible.
Some email addresses can be tied to a mobile phone. This is a great way to monitor the device when
you are away from your desk.
This ReadyNAS device has been pre-configured with mandatory and optional alerts for various
system device warnings and failures. The Alerts Settings tab allows you to control the settings for
the optional alerts.
It is highly recommended that all alerts are kept enabled; however, you may choose to disable an
alert if you are aware of a problem and wish to temporarily disable it.
Other Alert Settings
At bottom of the tab, under the Other Alert Settings heading, you’ll notice a couple additional
options. Selecting the Power-off NAS when a disk fails or no longer responds option will
gracefully power off the ReadyNAS in the event that a disk failure or a disk remove event is
detected. Selecting the Power-off NAS when disk temperature exceeds safe level will gracefully
power off the ReadyNAS when the disk temperature exceeds nominal range.
If you utilize a SNMP management system such as HP OpenView or CA UniCenter to monitor
devices on your network, you can set up the ReadyNAS device to work within this infrastructure.
To set up SNMP service, check the Enable SNMP service checkbox in the SNMP tab. You can
leave the Community name as public, or specify a private name if you have opted for a more
segregated monitoring scheme.
Next, enter a host name or an IP address for Trap destination. This is where all trap messages will
be sent. The following system events will generate a trap:
Abnormal power voltage
Abnormal board enclosure temperature
Fan failure
UPS connected
UPS detected power failure
RAID disk sync started and finished
RAID disk added, removed, and failure
Snapshot invalidated
If you wish to limit SNMP access to only a secure list of hosts, please specify the hosts in the Hosts
allowed access field.
When you have saved the SNMP settings on the ReadyNAS, you can import the Infrant SNMP
MIB to your SNMP client application. The Infrant MIB can be obtained from the included
Installation CD-ROM or downloaded from the Infrant Support site at
The ReadyNAS device has a built-in email message transfer agent (MTA) that is set up to send alert
email messages from the device. Some corporate environments, however, may have a firewall that
blocks untrusted MTA’s from sending out messages.
If you were unable to receive the test message from the Alerts Settings tab, it may have been
blocked by the firewall. In that case, please specify an appropriate SMTP server in this tab.
Internet Service Providers (ISP) for home may also block untrusted MTA’s. Furthermore, they may
allow you to specify their SMTP server but require you to enter a user login and password to send
out email – this is common with most DSL services. If this is the case, simply enter the user name
and password in the fields provided.
Admin Password
The Password tab allows you to change the admin user password. Be sure to set a password
different from the default password and make sure this password is kept in a safe place. Anyone
who obtains this password can effectively wipe out the data on the ReadyNAS.
In User or Domain security mode, you can use the admin account to login
to a Windows share, and perform maintenance on any file or folder in that
share. The admin user also has permission to access all user private home
shares to perform backups.
As a safeguard, you will be requested to enter a password recovery question, the expected answer,
and an email address. If, in the future, you forget the password, you can go to
https://ip_address/password_recovery. Successfully answering the questions there will reset the
admin password, and that new password will be sent to the email address you enter in this tab.
If you wish to tweak the system performance, select the Performance tab in the System menu.
Note that some of the settings suggest that you utilize an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
before enabling that option.
Select Enable disk write cache if you want to utilize the performance advantages of write caching
on the hard disks. For the utmost protection of data, you should utilize a UPS to back up the
ReadyNAS because there is a slight chance that data queued up in the cache will be lost should a
power failure occur while the system is writing data to the disk.
The Disable full data journaling for RAID 5 volumes is also recommended only if the NAS has
UPS protection. Without battery backup, there is a small chance that parity written to a disk in a
RAID 5 set may become out of sync with the data disks if a power failure suddenly occurs, possibly
causing incorrect data to be recovered if one disk fails. Without full data journaling, disk write
performance will increase substantially.
Select Disable journaling altogether if you understand the consequences of the 2nd option above,
and you also don’t mind a long file system check (only after unexpected power failures). File system
journaling allows disk checks of only a few seconds verses possibly an hour or longer without
journaling. Disabling journaling will improve disk write performance slightly.
You can buy a UPS with USB monitoring for less than $50 (US dollars). By
safely allowing the performance options to be checked, you can effectively
double your write performance and provide uninterrupted service of your
ReadyNAS for a very low price.
The Enable jumbo frames option allows you to optimize the ReadyNAS for large data transfers
such as multiple streams of video playback. Select this option if your NIC and your gigabit switch
support jumbo frames.
The Optimize for OS X option provides the best performance in Mac OS X environments when
connected to the ReadyNAS via the SMB/CIFS protocol. This option however introduces
compatibility issues with Windows NT 4.0; do not enable this option if this device will be accessed
by Windows NT 4.0 clients.
Whenever you enable or disable jumbo frames support, please make sure to
do this when there is no activity to the ReadyNAS. The ReadyNAS
supports a 7936 byte frame size, so a switch capable of this frame size
should also be used.
Adding a UPS to the NAS is an easy way to protect against power failures, but as mentioned in the
System Performance section, a UPS can also safely allow for a more aggressive performance
setting. Simply connect the NAS power cable to the UPS and connect the UPS USB monitoring
cable between the UPS and the NAS1. The UPS will be detected automatically and will show up in
Note that alert notification and automatic system optimization is available only with UPS utilizing a USB monitoring interface.
the Status bar. You can move the mouse pointer over the UPS LED icon to display the current
UPS information and battery life.
You will be notified by email whenever the status of the UPS changes, i.e. when a power failure
forces the UPS to be in battery mode or when the battery is low. When the battery is low, the NAS
device will automatically shutdown safely.
Make sure to adjust the optimization settings in the Performance tab if you wish to take advantage
of the available options.
The Language tab offers the option of setting the ReadyNAS device to the appropriate character
set for file names.
For example, selecting Japanese allows sharing of files with Japanese names in Windows Explorer.
It is best to select the appropriate language based on the region that this device will operate in.
This option does not set the web browser language display – browser
settings must be done using the browser language option.
Updating ReadyNAS
The ReadyNAS device offers the option of upgrading the operating firmware either automatically
using the Remote Update option or manually loading an update image downloaded from the Infrant
Support website.
The preferred and quicker method if the ReadyNAS has Internet access is the Remote update
Simply click Check for Update to check for updates on the Infrant update server.
If you wish to continue, click Perform System Update. After the update image has been
downloaded, you will be asked to reboot the system. The update process only updates the firmware
image and does not modify your data volume. However, it is always a good idea to backup your
important data whenever you perform an update.
When the ReadyNAS device is not connected to the Internet, or Internet access is blocked, you can
download an update file from the Support site and upload that file to the ReadyNAS in the Local
update tab.
Click on the Browse button to select the update file and click the Upload and verify image button.
The process will take several minutes at which time you will be requested to reboot the system to
proceed with the upgrade. DO NOT click on the browser Refresh button during the update.
If you do have reliable Internet connection, you can enable the automatic update check and
download options in the Settings tab.
If you enable the Automatically check for updates option, the ReadyNAS will not download the
actual firmware update, but will notify you when an update is available. If you enable the
Download updates automatically option, the update image will be downloaded, and you will be
notified by email to reboot to the device to perform the update.
The Factory Default tab allows you to set the ReadyNAS device back to factory default. Choose
this option carefully as ALL DATA WILL BE LOST, and remember to back up any data that you
wish to keep.
You will be asked to confirm the command by typing:
Resetting to Factory Default will erase everything, including data shares,
volume(s), user and group accounts, and configuration information. There
is no way to recover after you confirm this command.
The Shutdown tab offers the option to power-off or reboot the ReadyNAS device.
You have the option of performing a full file system check or quota check on the next boot. Both
these options can take several minutes to several hours depending on the size of your volume and
the number of files in the volume. You do not need to select these options unless you suspect there
might be data or quota integrity problems.
When you reboot or shutdown the ReadyNAS, you will need to close the browser window and use
RAIDar to re-connect to FrontView.
The Status page consists of the Logs and Health tabs providing system status information.
The Logs tab provides status information of management tasks along with a timestamp.
The Send All Logs button is available in case of problems where technical support personnel may
be of assistance in analyzing low-level log information. Alternatively, if you have problems with the
ReadyNAS sending out email through your firewall, you can download a zip of all the logs by
clicking the Download All Logs link.
The Health page displays the disk, fan, power, temperature, and UPS status in detail. When
available, normal expected values are provided.
For disks, you can click on the SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) link
to display the content of the internal disk log.
The Backup manager integrated with the ReadyNAS allows it to act as a powerful backup
appliance. Backup tasks can be controlled directly from the ReadyNAS without the need for a
client-based backup application.
With the flexibility to support full and incremental backups across FTP, HTTP, CIFS/SMB, and
NFS protocols, the ReadyNAS can act as a simple central repository for both home and office
And with multiple ReadyNAS systems, you can set up one ReadyNAS to backup another directly.
The built-in rsync incremental backup support allows you to optimize an incremental backup
schedule close enough in time to implement a remote data mirroring system.
Adding a New Backup Job
To create a new backup job, click on the Add a New Backup Job tab. You will notice a 4-step
procedure on creating a job.
The backup source can be located remotely or it can be a share on the ReadyNAS.
A USB device will appear as a share, so if you want to backup a USB device, select on a share name
starting with USB. If you want to backup data from a remote source, you will need to select from
one of the following:
Windows/NAS – select this if you wish to backup a share from a Windows PC or
another ReadyNAS device.
Website – select this if you wish to backup a website or a directory off the website. Files
that will be backed up are the files referred to in the default index file and all the files
associated with it, including image files referred by web pages linked to from the index file.
FTP site – select this if you wish to back up an FTP site or a path from that site.
NFS server – select this option if you wish to back up from a Linux/Unix server across
NFS. Mac OS X users can also use this option by setting up a NFS share from the console
Rsync server – select this if you wish to perform backup from a rsync server. Rsync was
originally available for Linux and other flavors of Unix, but has lately become popular
under Windows and Mac for its efficient use of incremental file transfers.
Once you have selected a backup source, you can enter the path from that source. If you selected a
ReadyNAS share, you can either leave the path blank to backup the entire share, or enter a folder
path. Note that you should use forward slashes, ‘/’, in place of backslashes.
If you selected a remote source, each remote protocol uses a slightly different notation for the path.
If the path field is empty, selecting the remote source in the selection box shows an example format
of the path. You can also click Help for more examples.
With a remote source, you may need to enter a login and password to access the share. If you are
accessing a password-protected share on a remote ReadyNAS server configured for Share security
mode, enter the name of the share name for login.
You should click on the Test Connection button to make sure you have proper access to the
backup source before continuing.
The Step 2 process is almost identical to Step 1 except that you are now specifying the backup
destination. If you had selected a remote backup source, you will need to select a share on the
current ReadyNAS (either the source or destination must be local to the ReadyNAS). If you had
chosen a ReadyNAS share for the source, you can either enter another local ReadyNAS share for
the destination, or you can specify a remote backup destination.
The remote backup destination can be a Windows PC/ReadyNAS system, NFS server, or a Rsync
You can select a backup schedule as frequently as once every four hours every day to just once a
week. The backup schedule is offset by 5 minutes from the hour to allow you to schedule snapshots
on the hour (snapshots are almost instantaneous) and perform backups on those snapshots.
If you wish, you can elect not to schedule the backup job so that you can invoke it manually instead
by not selecting the Perform backup every… option.
In this last step, select how you would like backups to be performed.
Schedule full backup
First, select when you want full backups to be performed. You can elect to do this just at the first
time, every week, every two weeks, every three weeks, every four weeks, or every time this backup
job is invoked. The first full backup is performed at the next scheduled occurrence of the backup
depending on the schedule you specify, and the next full backup is performed at the weekly interval
you choose calculated from this first backup. Incremental backup is performed between the full
backup cycles.
Remove previous backup or not
Next, select if you want to erase the destination path contents before the backup is performed. Be
careful not to reverse your backup source and destination as doing so can delete your source files for
good. It is safer to not select this option unless your device is running low on space.
Send backup log
Backup logs can be sent to the users on the Alert contact list when the backup completes. It is a
good idea to select this option to make sure files are backed up as expected.
Change ownership of backup files
The Backup Manager attempts to maintain original file ownership whenever possible; however, this
may cause problems in Share security mode when backup files are accessed. To work around this,
you have the option of automatically changing the ownership of the backed up files to match the
ownership of the share. This allows anyone who can access the backup share to have full access to
the backed up files.
Before trusting that your backup job to a schedule, it is always a good idea to manually perform the
backup to make sure access to the remote backup source or destination is granted, and the backup
job can be done within the backup frequency you selected. You can do this after clicking Apply to
save the backup job.
Viewing the Backup Schedule
After saving the backup job, this new job will appear in the Backup Schedule tab.
Here, you will see a summary of the backup jobs that have been scheduled. Jobs are numbered
starting from 001. You can modify the backup job by clicking the Job number button.
If you wish, you can enable or disable the job scheduling by clicking on the Enable checkbox.
Disabling the job will not delete the job, but rather take it out of the automatic scheduling. If you
wish to delete the job, click the Delete button.
You can manually start the backup job by clicking Go. You will see the status change as the backup
is started, encounters an error, or is finished.
Click View Log if you wish to check a detailed status of the backup.
Viewing the Backup Log
You can view the backup log while the job is in progress or after it has finished.
The log format may differ depending on the backup source and destination type that was selected,
but you can see when the job was started and finished, whether successfully or with errors.
Editing a Backup Job
To edit a backup job, you can either click on the 3-digit job number button in the Backup Listing
tab, or you can click on the Edit Backup Job tab while viewing that job’s log. You can make
appropriate changes or adjustments to the job there.
Accessing Shares
This chapter presents examples of how shares on the ReadyNAS device can be accessed by the
various operating systems. If you have problems accessing your shares, make sure to enable the
corresponding service in the Shares Services tab. Also make sure the default access of the share is
set to Read-only or Read/write.
To see a share listing under Windows, either click Browse in RAIDar or enter \\hostname or
\\ip_address in the Explorer address bar. Hostname is the NAS hostname assigned in the Network
tab. The default hostname is set to nas- followed by the last three hex bytes of the device MAC
To access the share under Windows, specify the hostname followed by the share name in the
Explorer address bar, i.e. \\hostname\backup, as follows:
To access the same share under Mac OS X, select Network from the Finder Go menu.
You will see a listing of available networks. The workgroup or domain name of the ReadyNAS
system will appear in the listing. If you left the name unchanged, you should see Volume.
Double-click the workgroup or domain name icon to display the ReadyNAS host name.
Double-click on the host name icon to display the share listing.
Select the share you wish to connect to and click OK to get the login prompt.
In Share security mode, you will need to only specify user name and password if you have set up a
password for your share. Enter the share name in place of the user name. In User or Domain
security mode, enter the user name and password you wish to connect to the ReadyNAS as.
You should see the same file listing as you would in Windows Explorer.
To access the same share under Mac OS 9, select Connect to Server from the Finder menu, choose
the NAS device entry from the AppleTalk selection, and click Connect.
When you are prompted to login, enter the
share name and password if the NAS is
configured for Share security mode, or
enter a valid user account and password
If no share password is set in Share mode,
you can select Guest user and leave the
password field blank.
If your login is successful, you will be given a listing of
one or more shares. Select the share you wish to
connect to.
You should see the same files in the share that you do
under Windows Explorer.
Linux / UNIX
To access this share from a Linux or Unix client, you will need to mount the share over NFS, i.e.
mount ipaddr:/backup /backup
where backup is the share name. Running the ls command in the mounted path displays the share
Please note that the ReadyNAS does not support NIS as it unable to
correlate NIS information with CIFS logins. In mixed environments where
CIFS and NFS integration is desired, you can set the security to User mode
and manually specify the UID and GID of the user and group accounts to
match your NIS or other Linux/Unix server settings. The ReadyNAS
provides the ability to import a comma-delimited file containing the user
and group information to coordinate Linux/Unix login settings. Please see
the Managing Users section for more information.
Web Browser
To access the same share using a web browser, enter http://ipaddr in the browser address bar. You
can use https if you want a secure encrypted connection. You will be prompted to login.
Enter the share name and share password if the ReadyNAS is in Share security mode. Otherwise,
login with a valid user and password if the ReadyNAS is in User or Domain mode.
If the share access is read-only, the file manager will only display:
If the share is also writable, the file manager will have options for creating, modifying, and deleting
files, as follows:
One useful application for a web share is for setting up an internal company website. You can copy
HTML files to the web share using Windows, Mac, NFS, or HTTP. When you set HTTP access to
read-only, html files, including index.htm and index.html, can be viewed using any web browser.
Files created under the Web file manager can only be deleted under this file
manager. The only exception is the admin user, who can change or delete
any files created through the web.
Files not created from this file manager can be modified within the file
manager but cannot be deleted here.
To access the share via FTP in Share security mode, use “anonymous” as the login and your email
address as the password.
Note that enabling FTP access in Share mode opens up the share to anyone who has a FTP client
on your network. It is best to enable FTP access only to shares you are comfortable making public
on your network.
Disk usage using FTP in Share mode WILL NOT count towards the share
disk quota, so carefully choose how you advertise a FTP Share.
To access the share in User or Domain security mode, use the appropriate user login and password
used to access the ReadyNAS.
For better security, you can use a FTPS (FTP-SSL) client to connect to the ReadyNAS FTP service.
With FTPS, password and data is encrypted.
Access to the share via rsync is identical regardless of the security mode. If you had specified a user
or password in the rsync share access tab, you will need to specify this when accessing the rsync
share. Unlike other protocols, rsync uses arbitrary user name and password that is specific only for
rsync access. The user account you specify does not need to exist on the ReadyNAS or a domain
An example way for a Linux client to list the content of a ReadyNAS rsync share with no user name
and password defined:
# rsync ipaddr::backup
To recursively copy the content of a share to /tmp:
# rsync –a ipaddr::backup /tmp
To do the same except with a login user and password hello:
# rsync –a user@ipaddr::backup /tmp
Passowrd: *****
The ReadyNAS does not support rsync over SSH.
Networked DVD Players and UPnP AV Media Adapters
Networked DVD players and UPnP AV Media adapters will detect the ReadyNAS if the Home
Media Streaming Server or the UPnP AV services are enabled. The content of the media share on
the ReadyNAS is available to these players for playback. Please consult the player manual for
information on the file formats that it supports. Multiple players can be connected to the
ReadyNAS and can play the media files concurrently.
Do make sure to enable the appropriate service in the Services tab.
Consult the Device Compatibility list for information on which DVD players and media adapters
will work with the ReadyNAS.
Replacing a Failed Disk
Locate the Failed Disk
When a disk fails in your ReadyNAS device, you will be notified of the failure by email. The failed
disk location can be seen in the FrontView status bar at the bottom.
If you look at the front of the ReadyNAS device, the failed disk will have also have a corresponding
LED which will be amber in color. The left-most LED is disk channel 1; the next one is disk
channel 2; and so on. Please take note of the failed channel.
Order Replacement Disk
Go to the Status menu and click on the Health tab. Take note of the disk vendor and model utilized
on your ReadyNAS system. It is best to replace a failed disk with the same disk model. Contact the
disk vendor and arrange to have the disk replaced if the disk is still under warranty. Disk RMA from
the vendor will require that you provide the serial number of the disk, so you will need to open the
case and take out the failed disk to get this info. See the next section on how to do this.
If the disk is no longer under warranty, you can obtain a disk of the same capacity or larger from
your ReadyNAS retailer.
Replace the Failed Disk
Shutdown the ReadyNAS and open up the enclosure as instructed in the Getting Started guide. If
you view the disks from the front of the enclosure, the left-most disk is channel 1; the next disk is
channel 2; and so on.
You will need to remove the drive cage and disconnect the power and SATA cable from the failed
disk. Insert the new replacement disk, reconnect the cables, insert the drive cage, and secure the
When replacing the cables, make sure the connectors fit square-on and
securely. After the drive cage is re-inserted, double-check the connectors
to make sure they have not come loose. Loose connection may cause
spurious drive failure events that may render the data volume inoperable.
Re-synchronize the Volume
Power-on the ReadyNAS. The RAID volume will automatically re-synchronize the new disk in the
background. The process may take up to several hours depending on disk size. During the re-sync
process, the ReadyNAS can be used as normal, although access will slower until the volume is done
You will be notified by email when the re-sync process is complete.
System Reset Switch
Refer to the Getting Started guide included in the shipping box for the location of the System
Reset switch on the back of the ReadyNAS.
The System Reset switch allows you to perform two tasks: (1) re-install the ReadyNAS firmware, (2)
reset the ReadyNAS back to the factory default settings, and (3) change between X-RAID and nonX-RAID mode.
Typically, you should not need to resort to options (1) and (2) unless you have exhausted all other
means of recovering your system. You may want to re-install the ReadyNAS firmware as a first step,
if the ReadyNAS had been working normally but a configuration change makes it inaccessible. If
this does not work and/or you wish to set the ReadyNAS back to a factory default state, you can do
so following the instructions below:
To re-install the ReadyNAS firmware, use a paper clip to depress the switch while the
system is off. Continue to depress the reset switch while powering on the system and
continue to hold the reset switch for 5 seconds afterward. The disk LED’s will flash once
to signify that the command has been accepted. The firmware installation will take several
minutes to complete. The Status LED in the front will also be solid when the process is
complete. The installation will not affect the data on the ReadyNAS, but make sure not
to press the reset switch for too long, otherwise a destructive Factory Default
process will be done instead (see below).
To set the ReadyNAS device to Factory Default, use the same process, except you
must hold the System Reset Switch for 30 seconds after powering on the system. You
should see the disk LED’s flash twice to signify that the command has been accepted.
Note that this process re-installs the firmware and resets all disk configurations, WIPING
OUT ANY DATA you may have had on the NAS.
To change between X-RAID and non-X-RAID mode, you will need to perform a
Factory Default using the method described above. Note that changing RAID modes will
not preserve your data, so make sure to perform a backup before doing this. During the
boot process during Factory Default, there will be a 10-minute window where you can use
RAIDar to select the desired volume setup. RAIDar will display your ReadyNAS with
Click Setup in the Info column. It may take a couple of minutes for RAIDar to display
this. At this point, click the Setup button to enter the Volume Setup screen.
Select the desire mode along with the desired snapshot size and click Create volume now.
The ReadyNAS will proceed with a reboot to re-configure your volume to the desired
For any of the above activities, please make sure to back up important data before starting.
Changing User Passwords
There are two ways in which user passwords can be changed in the User security mode. The first
way is for the admin user to change the passwords in the Accounts tab in the Security menu. The
other and preferred way is to allow users to change their own passwords. This relieves the admin
from this task and hopefully, encourages users to change their passwords on a more regular basis for
enhanced security.
Users can use the web browser and their existing password to log in to https://ip_addr/ to access the
web share listing page. Then select the Password tab, and follow the prompts to set a new
In Share and Domain security mode, the Password tab will not appear. Note: User passwords in
Domain mode must be set on the domain or ADS server.
RAID Levels Simplified
RAID can be somewhat daunting, so without going into too much detail, this appendix will help
simplify RAID for you.
RAID is an acronym for Redundant Array of Independent Disks. Basically, if properly configured,
it can store data on multiple disks in a way that if one disk fails, the data can still be accessed from
the surviving disk(s). A RAID level selects how data will be kept redundant, the most popular ones
being levels 0, 1, and 5. Contrary to the RAID acronym, RAID level 0 does not provide any
RAID Level 0
RAID level 0 provides the best write performance of all the RAID levels as it stripes data across all
disks so that data can be written to all disks in parallel. Unfortunately, it is not redundant, so if one
disk fails the entire volume will fail. RAID level 0 can be configured with one or more disks, and its
capacity is the size of the smallest disk in the RAID set multiplied by the number of disks in the set.
For example, a four disk RAID 0 will yield the capacity of all four disks, assuming they are identical
in size.
RAID Level 1
RAID level 1 consists of 2 or more disks, all disk(s) other than the first being an exact mirror of the
first. RAID level 1 can sustain disk failure up to the total number of disks in the RAID set minus
one. For example, a two-disk RAID 1 volume can sustain a one-disk failure and continue running.
A three-disk RAID 1 volume can sustain up to two disk failures. If a disk fails, the data is retrieved
from the surviving disk. Unfortunately, RAID 1 capacity utilization is not optimal in a three or more
disk configuration. The capacity is limited to the size of the smallest disk in the RAID set.
RAID Level 5
RAID level 5 provides the best balance of capacity and performance while providing data
redundancy. RAID 5 provides redundancy by striping data across three or more disks and keeping
the parity information on one of the disks in each stripe. In case of disk failure, the surviving disks
and the parity disk are used to reconstruct the lost data, providing that data transparently to the user
application. Upon replacing the failed disk with a good disk, the reconstructed data is written out to
the new disk, and when the reconstruction (or sometimes referred as re-sync) process is complete,
the volume returns to a redundant state. The capacity of a RAID 5 volume is the smallest disk in
the RAID set multiplied by one less than the number of disks in the RAID set. For example, a fourdisk RAID 5 set will provide the capacity of three disks, assuming all four disks are identical in size.
Input Field Format
Domain/Workgroup Name
A valid domain or workgroup name must conform to the following restrictions:
Name must only consist of characters a-z, A-Z, 0-9, and the symbols _ (underscore), –
(dash), and . (period).
Name must start with a letter.
Name length must be 15 characters or less.
A valid IP address or a host name.
Host Name
A valid host name must conform to the following restrictions:
Name must only consist of characters a-z, A-Z, 0-9, and the symbols – (dash) and .
Name must start with a letter.
A short host name length must be 24 characters or less.
A fully-qualified domain name (FQDN) must have no more than 24 characters in each
section separated by . (period), and cannot end with a – (dash). Example of a valid FQDN:
ReadyNAS Host Name
A valid host name except the first part or short host name must be 15 characters or less due to
NetBIOS name length restriction.
Host Expression
A valid host expression is either a valid host or the common IP expression form specifying a range
of addresses in a network; for example:
Share Name
Name must only consist of characters a-z, A-Z, 0-9, and the symbols – (dash) and .
Name cannot be an existing user name.
Name cannot end in –snap.
Name cannot be any one of the following reserved names:
bin boot cdrom dev etc floppy frontview home initrd lib lost+found mnt
opt proc root sbin tmp usr var admin administrator images language
quota.user shares global homes printers diag c d e f g h i
Share Password
Any character except for ‘ (single quote).
Share passwords are limited to 8 characters.
SNMP Community
Name must only consist of characters a-z, A-Z, 0-9, and the symbols _ (underscore), –
(dash) and . (period).
Name must start with a letter.
Name length must be 32 characters or less.
User/Group Name
Name must only consist of characters a-z, A-Z, 0-9, and the symbols _ (underscore), –
(dash), @, and . (period).
Name cannot be an existing share name.
User Password
Any character except for ‘ (single quote).
AppleTalk Filing Protocol, is the standard way Mac OS 9 and earlier share files
across the network.
Common Internet File System, a standard protocol that Windows users use to
share files across the network. Mac OS X also has the capability to share files
using CIFS.
File Transfer Protocol, a common protocol adopted by many OS to enable
remote file download and upload for public sharing.
Hypertext Transfer Protocol, the protocol web browsers use to connect to web
servers for file access, typically web pages.
HTTP with SSL encryption, is used where secure web access is desired.
Network File System, a common way Unix and Linux systems share files by
making remote file systems appear to reside locally.
Amount of volume space allocated to a particular user or group account, or to a
particular share. The user, group, or share with a set quota cannot exceed disk
usage beyond this limit. Quota is typically specified to ensure no one user, group,
or share will abuse the available storage space.
Acronym for Redundant Array of Independent Disks. Basically it is a method of
storing data on multiple disks in a way that if one disk fails, data can still be
accessed from the other disk(s). A RAID level selects how data will be kept
redundant, the most popular of which are levels 0, 1, and 5. Contrary to the
RAID acronym, RAID level 0 does not provide any redundancy. For more info,
see RAID Levels Simplified in Appendix A.
A folder on a NAS volume that can be shared amongst different network file
services such as CIFS for Windows, AFP (AppleTalk File Protocol) for Macs,
NFS for Unix/Linux, FTP, and HTTP. Access to the share can be customized
on a user/group/host-level basis.
An instantaneous, non-changing, read-only image of a volume. Snapshots are
useful for backups during which time the original volume can continue to operate
normally. Snapshots can also be utilized as a temporary backup against viruses.
Files can be restored from the snapshot volume if current files are corrupted.
A filesystem built on top of a RAID set. This filesystem consists of shares that
are made available through various network file services.
Infrant Technologies patent-pending Expandable RAID technology.
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