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Basic Functionality

Being an entry-level product, the Valkyrie lacks flexible disk management options. Therefore it is important to choose the right disk configuration before you begin to use this NAS. Although you can install two HDDs into it, you cannot create two separate disk arrays. The available configurations are: one disk, two disks in JBOD, two disks in RAID0, and two disks in RAID1. Migration without losing data is not supported. If there is a second formatted disk installed, the NAS automatically creates a single network folder for accessing it without providing any options to restrict the access or create shared folders on it.

Two system partitions are created on the HDD: a 1GB partition for a swap file and a 512MB partition for configuration files. The rest of the disk capacity is allotted for user data.

To prepare the disk for the NAS you should format it using the integrated tools (EXT2 or FAT32) and, if necessary, create a RAID volume. Reporting the amount of free disk space and scanning the disk for errors are the only HDD management options. The automatic recovery of RAID1 by replacing the failed HDD does not work correctly. When we tried it, the device disappeared from the network for a long while. When it reappeared, the RAID did not work although we could copy data from the healthy HDD.

The NAS’s LAN port can work on Gigabit Ethernet networks but Jumbo Frames are not supported. The LAN options are limited to specifying the addresses, name, workgroup and description.

The control access management is based on the standard user/password mechanism. The device keeps an internal list of users or connects to a Windows domain. When you format the first disk or create a RAID volume, the shared folders “public” and “admin” are created on it, too. You cannot control the access to these folders. For the rest of user resources you can assign the following access rights: no access, read only for all, read & write for all, individual settings. For simpler management, you can unite users into groups and assign rights to those groups.

The NAS supports SMB/CIFS and FTP as data access protocols. Of course, these are the most popular ones, but NFS and AFP might come in handy, too. You can specify the port for FTP, enable anonymous access, limit the number of connections, and choose a codepage. This FTP server is not standard as it offers access only to a user’s personal folder. You can set the “with admin rights” checkbox, but that’s not good in terms of access control.

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