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Shared Folder Aggregation How-to Guide

Introduction

The Shared Folder Aggregation is used to build a hierarchical view of multiple file servers and shares on the network. This function can aggregate all shared folders in local network into a "portal folder" on our NAS. Instead of having to think of a specific machine name for each set of files, users can easily access all shared folders by accessing the "portal folder".

Note:

  • This function is provided by Samba. Therefore, you can use this function ONLY in Microsoft Networking Service.
  • This HOWTO presents a sample configuration of Shared Folder Configuration on QNAP Turbo NAS. The test environment is set as figure 1 and Table 1.

Figure 1: The diagram of folder aggregation

  • Assumptions
  • Configuring details

Assumptions:

For illustration, guests have full access rights to all remote shared folders. If you have permission controls on remote shared folders, you should consolidate with Microsoft Active Directory in your production environment.

System Host Name IP address  
QNAP NAS mynas

 

192.168.1.10 Portal Folder Name: ShareRoot
Link name:
linka: link to the share folder on host A
linkb: link to the share folder on host B
Host A
(Windows XP)
Appolo 192.168.1.100 Remote Share Name:
shared_software
Host B
(Windows 2003)
Diana 192.168.1.200 Remote Share Name: public_software
Client PC Pcman 192.168.1.120  

Table 1: Test Environment

Figure 1: Test Environment

Configuring details

1. Login NAS web management interface. Go to “Privilege Setting”> "Share Folders" > "Folder Aggregation".

2. Create a Portal Folder
Click "Create A Portal Folder". A dialog box is displayed. Enter "ShareRoot" in the "Folder Name". Select not to hide the portal folder. Click "APPLY".

3. Create links for remote share
Click "Link Configuration" in the "Action" field. Enter the following settings for link 1 and link 2. Click "APPLY" to finish the configuration

Link Name Host Name Remote Share Folder
1 linka Appolo shared_software
2 linkb 192.168.1.200 public_software
Table 2: Setting information

Note:

  • Make sure you have created share folders on both host Appolo and Diana.
  • You can enter either NetBIOS name or IP address in the host name field.

4. Verify Shared Folder Aggregation
To verify the configuration is successful, we create a plain text file in the share folder on each host, Appolo and Diana. Let’s set the file name as "host_appolo.txt" on host Appolo and "host_diana.txt" on host Diana.

(1) Now, use our client PC "Pcman" to connect to QNAP NAS. Login QNAP NAS by mynas or 192.168.1.10
(2) You will see a folder name "ShareRoot". You can see two sub-folders, "linka" and "linkb" after entering "ShareRoot".
(3) When you click "linka", you will see "host_appolo.txt" and you will see "host_diana.txt" after entering the "linkb" folder.

 
Release date: 2013-05-08
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