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  SnapServer 4100 Review 
  May 11, 2001, 08:00am EDT 

Supported Network Environments

By: Sander Sassen

Although the SnapServer supports a broad range of different network environments its operation is not indifferent to the network environment it is connected to. For example, operating it on a UNIX network is different from operating it on a Windows NT network. The following specifics apply to the network environment used:

  • Microsoft Networks. The SnapServer operates in a manner similar to a Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 file server. If you configure your SnapServer to use Microsoft domain security you don't even need to set up all your network users as local SnapServer users. By default the SnapServer is configured as part of a workgroup
  • Apple Networks. The Snap Server operates in a similar manner to an AppleShare 6.0 file server. The interoperatibility is equivalent to that of a Windows NT 4.0 server with 'Services for Macintosh' enabled. The SnapServer supports cross-platform access to application specific files, thus allowing Macintosh and Windows-based files to interoperate transparently
  • Novell Networks. The SnapServer operates in a manner similar to a Novell Netware 3.12 file server. You can link SnapServer security to that of another NetWare server, meaning that all of the users and groups will be automatically accepted as network users or groups. A network share on a SnapServer is equivalent to a volume in a NetWare server
  • UNIX NFS Networks. The SnapServer supports NFS clients in a manner similar to PC/NFS running on a Windows NT server. The SnapServer supports version 2.0 of the NFS protocol. The SnapServer does however not support file locking nor does it support symbolic or hard links

In addition to providing administrative functions through the web, the SnapServer can also operate as a web server, providing web access to files and folders. The SnapServer supports direct read-only web access to its files using the HTTP 1.0 protocol, and as such doesn't support Java scripting, animations, streaming video or anything that would require an application or service running on the server.

1. Introduction
2. NAS, basics and advantages
3. NAS, performance and use
4. SnapServer 4100 Disk Configurations
5. SnapServer 4100 Security Features
6. Supported Network Environments
7. SnapServer 4100 Internals
8. Technical Support
9. Conclusion

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SnapServer 4100
Performance: 8/10
Stability: 8/10
Quality: 8/10
Features: 8/10
Documentation: 6/10
Price: 6/10
Overall Rating: 7/10

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