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Seagate PRO NAS DP6 Review

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Seagate NAS OS4 is beautifully simple.  There are five primary elements.

  1. Device Manager – Launch Device Manager to change the settings, add users, create shares, and much more.
  2. File Browser – File Browser is a web-based file viewer. Launch it to view files stored on your NAS device.
  3. Download Manager – Launch Download Manager to create and manage download jobs.
  4. Backup Manager – Launch Backup Manager to create and manage backup jobs
  5. App Manager

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The device manager is where all things NAS happen.  The device manager overview provides a quick glance into your NAS.  The screen is clean and organized.  Here you can immediately find the percentage of used space, Health, and quick links for Shares, Users, and Groups.

Along the left side of the page are your quick links for NAS settings.  There are 4 basic Sections.

  1. Share: Shares, Users, Groups
  2. Customize: Settings, Services, Network, Power
  3. Maintenance: Monitoring, Notifications
  4. Storage: Overview, Volume X (1,2,3, etc)

SHARE

Share is made up of three major sections:

  1. Shares
  2. Users
  3. Groups

Shares: Storage is divided into shares.  Shares allow you to quickly add folders on your NAS.  Configuring these is easy and permissions can be set based on user or group.

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Users: Users can be quickly added with only a few clicks.  Individual users can be created and added to groups.

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Groups: Groups can be created to hold various users with different permissions.  Administrators can use Groups to set access rights for many users at once instead of individually.

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CUSTOMIZE

Customize is made up of four major sections

  1. Settings
  2. Services
  3. Network
  4. Power

Settings:  The settings screen will allow you to export and import your NAS configuration as well as provide some basic information like Firmware version, hardware version, and serial number.  You can also check for firmware as well as configure the domain preferences.

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Services: Services allows you to enable or disable specific features of your NAS.  Things like SMB, NRB (network recycle bin), AFP, NFS, FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Sdrive, and much more can be enabled and configured here.

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Network: The Network page features four tabs to manage the NAS’s network settings.

  • Connections: Review or change settings for the LAN ports; link aggregation; and IPv4 or IPv6 addresses.
  • Proxy: Assign a proxy server for Internet access.
  • Remote access: Configure remote access using Seagate MyNAS or DynDNS. Details on Seagate’s remote access solutions are available at Remote access.
  • Port forwarding: Review and adjust the router’s port numbers for select services.

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Maintenance

Maintenance is made up of two major sections:

  1. Monitoring
  2. Notifications

Monitoring: There are two tabs, System and Drive.  System will let you know what is going on.  You can see CPU and Case temps, fan speeds, CPU and RAM usage, and Network activity.

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Drives: Drive will provide information about the drives individually including temperature, size, and SMART Status.  You can auto test drives and check SMART Status.

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STORAGE

Storage, again, is made up of two or more major sections, depending on the number of volumes you have configured:

  1. Overview
  2. Volume (x)

Overview: Overview will give you a bird’s-eye view of all things storage on your NAS.  You get a glimpse of your total device storage as well as the volumes, their status, the type, and their capacities.

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Volume: Volume is the individual volumes you may have.  The volume page will allow you to manage your volume and see all the associated elements with that volume, such as disks.  You can also create and manage iSCSI volumes from this page.

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Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Exterior Features
  3. Interior Features
  4. System Setup
  5. Administration
  6. Other OS Features
  7. Benchmarking: Avatar Benchmark
  8. Benchmarking: MP3 Transfer Benchmark
  9. Benchmarking: 2GB Transfer Benchmark
  10. Benchmarking: Intel NASPT
  11. Benchmarking: IOMeter
  12. Benchmarking: CrystalDiskMark
  13. Final Thoughts

About Joe DiFiglia

I have always had a passion for everything computing. In early 2000, I decided to take my passion to the web. Thus, C.O.D. was born. Through the years we have made many great friends at C.O.D. and hope to continue our journey for years to come.

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