So I came from a very simple setup on a DNS-323...one volume, bunch of folders in the volume, mapped volume as drive letter on each attached PC for file access. Simple, but effective...family members could access all files w/out any log-ins, could even re-map the drive w/a little training from me if they brought home a new PC and wanted access to the DNS-323.
I'd like to do something similar w/the DS212...end goal is:
- Family accesses files on DS212 via the same drive letter (M:) w/out having to enter a PW or go through any other gyrations after I do a one-time setup on their PCs, and that one-time setup is simple enough that I can give them a little cheat-sheet on doing it if they have a need and I'm not around.
- Family can all access the same folders at the same time, e.g., they can all be opening/saving docs in the Documents sub-folders, saving/viewing pictures, listening to music, etc., subject to file locking for open files, of course.
- I can maintain an "admin" area (i.e., drive N:) where I can manage access to software/utilities so my wife doesn't try to "fix things" on her own resulting in doubling the time it ends up taking me to actually fix things.
The drives would contain the following types of files and the space they use would have to be able to increase/decrease dynamically.
M: - Everyone will be set up to access. Contains:
- Docs folder with one sub-folder per family member, and a shared folder for common stuff
- Media folder with Music, Photos and Videos sub-folders
- Utilities folder, various sub-folders w/stuff that it's OK for family members to access
N: - Only I will access. Contains:
- Various folders/sub-folders
So is using iSCSI LUN/Targets the best way to do this? Or should I simply create a "Family" folder and put the sub-directories into it and map that to M: on each computer, and an "Admin" folder and only map that to a drive on my computer? What are the benefits (or costs?) of using iSCSI?
And if I do use iSCSI, do do I create folders and then add them to a LUN, or create the LUN and then create folders in the LUN. I've read through the user guide, and while it tells you how to create a LUN/Target, I don't see anything on how to get folders/data into it.
I actually created a LUN/Target and still don't see a way to put folders/data into it, nor info on how to access it from a laptop client...
And when creating a LUN/Target, do I have to enable "Allow multiple sessions from one or more SCSI initiators" if I want to allow multiple PCs/laptops to connect to the same LUN/Target?
found this (http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articl ... I-SAN.html
) do I have to complete a set of steps like this on each client? Thinking that iSCSI may be more complexity than my simple home network requires..
Appreciate the help, and (hopefully) minimal rolling of the eyes over another noob...
EDIT: OK, I followed the steps on the link above and was able to mount the iSCSI target that I created on one of my laptops.
What I still haven't had time to process is getting data into the target (other than copying it there from the computer where I map to the target) or whether I'll be able to map the same target to multiple computers...
At this point it looks like I'm going to end up just mapping a drive to shared folders on the DS212, as that will be something that my family can manage in an urgent situation in my absence, and seems to greatly simplify getting data to the DS212 (using USB 3.0 to copy directly from a WD external backup disk to the DS212 via the back USB 3.0 port - haven't used USB 3.0 before - pretty darn fast.
Hope this helps someone else...