Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition NAS Server
Account and Folder Management
Once you have completed the initial setup of the Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition, the first thing you'll probably want to do is to set up user accounts. There are two ways to do this: via the Maxtor Manager software, which gets installed onto user's systems, and the Central Axis Admin Web Page, which is accessible via a Web browser from your internal network. Both the Maxtor Manager software and the Central Axis Admin Web Page allow you to create new users, but there are some important differences between how they work and what they each allow you to do.
When you set up a user account using the Maxtor Manager software, a corresponding folder with the identical name to that user is automatically created on the device. You can set whether the new user folder will be publicly available or a private folder, define the folder as for "Home" or "Business" (which determines the type of default folders created, such as "My Photos" or "My Presentations"), and assign a user password (public folders do not get passwords). Once the user/folder is created, a network mapping, desktop shortcut, and mounted share are automatically created, and remain accessible until such a time as you change users on the system--even after the system is rebooted. Note that after a reboot, however, unless you've set Windows to remember the password, Windows will tell you that it cannot connect to the mapped drives.
When you set up a user account using the Central Axis Admin Web Page, a corresponding folder does not get automatically created. If you use the Central Axis Admin Web Page to create a user and you want that user to have a folder, you will need to create that folder manually using the Central Axis Admin Web Page's Shared Folder Management tool. Note that if you want to use the Maxtor Manager software to automatically map a user to his folder, the user name and folder name must be identical--it is possible to have mismatching users and folders when you use the Central Axis Admin Web Page to create users and folders. If the user name and folder name are not identical and you try to connect to that user using the Maxtor Manager software, you will get an error.
It is also important to note that when you install the Maxtor Manager software on a system, anyone who has access to the software can create as many public and private user/folders as they want on the Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition device. There is no way to disable this feature without uninstalling the software from the system.
The Central Axis Admin Web Page also allows you to manage existing user accounts and folders as well. You can create new users, delete users, change passwords, and modify what kind of access (full access, read-only access, or no access) users have to public and private shared folders. You can also create, delete, suspend, and reactivate public and private folders.