Asustor AS3204T NAS review

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User Groups & Users

User Groups & Users


The AS-3204T is shipped with its own customized operating system (Linux port) called Asustor Data Master (ADM). ADM contains the standard NAS storage features such as backup server, FTP server, file server, storage management and access control along with the added "App Central" that allows users to expand the functionality of their NAS by adding applications for features such as surveillance, cloud backup, multimedia server, etc. Public right now is ADM 2.5, however ASUSTOR is also working hard on their new ADM 2.6 software, currently in Beta stages. Once you are logged into the NAS, you get access to your the ADM admin interface. From here we can configure the NAS to everything we need. FTP, Web server, SSH, Applications like CMS, Usenet and on and on can be configured from here. But also new network shares, user and group control and everything related to that.



Let's go though the user interface step-by step. We start with user control and can see that our storage unit already has gotten several directory shares accessible by admin and guest status.  We have added a directory share just for benchmarks.



One fundamental feature of a NAS unit is the fact that you can assign drive partitions and network shares to users and/or user groups. This greatly helps out allocating certain security and accessibility features. You can stick to your admin account, or create a new user with admin rights yourself. Give it a try see if you can access your NAS server with.


In our case the Asustor unit is called NAS2.  If you have properly setup a name and password and alternatively assigned new paths to your account or user group, you should be able to access them after you enter the unit with that login and password.


Mind you that after making a new directory share you can give the USER and/or GROUPS certain permissions like no access, read only or full read/write capability. Once the network share is setup with the click of a button you can share it in Windows and assign a drive letter to it. Should you like to access a secure map in windows and mount it? Just type \\nas2 (or enter \\ with the assigned NAS name), then enter the USER login and password assigned to it, and you can access the user based and assigned shares.

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