Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition NAS Server - HotHardware

Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition NAS Server

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Installation is a straightforward affair that creates a "Maxtor Manager" shortcut on the desktop, adds a Maxtor Manager folder to the Start menu, and places a Maxtor Status icon in the taskbar. The software is meant to be installed on all systems that will access the Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition. This is not a requirement for accessing the Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition from a system, however; but if you don't install the software, you won't have access to some of the device's features.

   

Until you assign an administrator password to the Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition, whenever you launch the Maxtor Manager software, you'll receive a warning that a password has not been set yet. Password protecting the Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition's administrator account is a highly-recommended security precaution to take in order to prevent unauthorized access to the device and its contents. Once the Maxtor Manager software loads, it takes a few moments to poll the network to find any Maxtor shared drives. The Windows version of the software found the Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition as well as an older Maxtor Shared Storage NAS device that was on our network; the Mac version of the software, however, only found the newer Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition device. Every time you launch the application or switch to its "My Drives" tab, it polls the network looking for Maxtor shared drives--this can get a bit annoying if you are switching from tab to tab, trying to set up the device. The My Drives tab shows all the Maxtor shared drives that the application could find on the network, along with each drive's IP address and MAC address.

   

The next step is to launch the "Central Axis Admin Web Page" from the Maxtor Manager's Settings page. Until it is configured, the Central Axis Admin Web Page will automatically load at the three-step set-up wizard, where you provide details such as setting the date and time and setting up an administrator password.

At this point, you could start using the Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition, but you would only have access to the default, shared Public folder, and you would have no drive mappings or mounted shares, or access to a number of the other available features. The initial setup might be complete, but there are still more features to enable.

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Wow... I've only skimmed the article, but this thing looks *really* nice.

I didn't see it mentioned, but are their any restrictions on media that can be accessed on it via the internet?  You know, like the way Western Digital crippled their (not)"MyBooks" to block access to any type of file that might be music or a movie.

>> but if you don't install the software, you won't have access to some of the device's features.

Which features are we talking about, exactly?  You know where I'm coming from:   What would be missing if I used it with Linux?

>> While this is not documented, the drive used for backing up the Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition gets formatted using the EXT3 file system.

Which likely means that the drive itself is running Linux or BSD.  I wonder if that gives us any hope of connecting to its shares via NFS instead of SMB or FTP?

>> You can use an EXT3-formatted external drive for both backups and as additional storage.

Consider this scenario:  You backed up to an external drive like this... threw the drive in a fire-safe... and your house burns down.  What's the restore process?  Can you boot a Linux LiveCD, mount the volume, and retrieve specific files without having to go buy another NAS Server?

Right now, I backup all the systems in my house using BackupPC, running as a service on my arcade cabinet.  The benefit there is that you can set up an rsync daemon on all of your other machines (Linux, Windows, or whatever) and have everything done in the background.... but this looks *much* easier to setup/configure, if I were recommending something to a relative or neighbor.

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Its interesting that they call it a "Business Server" with *up-to* 2TB of storage....the interface looks awesome, but it'd be fairly easy to fill up 2TB of storage and then be stuck. If they throw in a eSATA slot with port multiplier then I'd be a titch more bought in (If i was a business IT guy looking for storage and remote access AIO) 

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This thing is a piece of junk and Seagate's service is horrendous. My drive crashed under warranty and after 3 attempted calls and finally waiting on hold for 25 minutes I'm screwed. It appears my options are to pay Maxtor $1,600.00 to get my data off their lousy drive and get a replacement or pay an outside source to recover my data and void my warranty. I think I'll go the second route and throw this piece of trash away and never buy another Seagate product. It apparently has a serious overheating problem and a very high failure rate. It has a 1.5 rating on Amazon and horrendous reviews pretty much across the web - STAY AWAY.

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