NAS is known as Network Attached Storage, it allows you to have additional storage external from your computer. It is connected from your Ethernet port. The storage will be seen as a drive on your local computer even though the storage itself is external.

The first thing you want to do is to choose the protocol for your NAS. Typically there is NFS and CIFS. NFS is used by Linux only. CIFS is used by both windows and Linux.

You can have multiple partitions from the NAS and the storage capacity can be re-sized as required. The changes are made almost instantly.

We will be using the nas value of nas-003413. This NAS will have the partition called “one” If we was to use this NAS in windows we would use the following commands in Windows Powershell:

net use z: \\\nas-003413_one

The drive will be known as Z:\, this would be similar to the C:\ in windows. This means it can be viewed from a browser as “z:\”.

You can mount the NAS from multiple servers, the NAS was mounted under an Windows environment, in conjunction with an ESXi server on an active Ubuntu 12.04 LTS VM. You would also need to install the following packages “sudo apt-get install nfs-client” The following command was used to mount nas-003414 from partition “one”:

sudo mount -t nfs -o _netdev,mountproto=tcp /mnt/

This would enable you to mount up the NAS under the Linux command line interface. Under Linux you can access the area from an browser with “/mnt/” or “cd /mnt/”.

Under windows you can umount the NAS by right clicking on the drive and with linux it would be “umount /mnt/”.

The NAS is connected via the public interface but using a private reserved IP range of 10.*.*.*, This means that the NAS can be used in conjunction with the vrack as the vrack uses the secondary port.