Setup


 

To set up your Seagate server, you must connect directly to the server with a keyboard, display, and mouse. After the initial setup, you can connect to the server using Remote Desktop from a network-connected Windows or Mac computer or a compatible mobile device.

See the Quick Start Guide and the user manual for details about connecting the hardware. For additional questions regarding hardware, go to Seagate Customer support.

Power on for the first time

  1. On the front of the server, press the Power button.

    The first time you power on the server, the front LCD panel displays Initializing the system and then Starting. The monitor displays Settings.

  2. Follow the on-screen instructions for Windows Storage Server 2012.

    Each time you boot up the server, it displays the Seagate NAS Configuration Tasks window. The window contains links to configuration tools. If you prefer to not access these tools through the Configuration Tasks window, select Do not show this window at the next logon.


 

Note: Selecting Do not show this window at the next logon has a permanent effect. The next time you reboot, the Configuration Tasks window does not appear, and you cannot recover it through the server. You can find it in C:\windows\system32\oemoobe\oemoobe.exe.


 

Server Manager Admin Tools

The NAS Server Manager GUI allows you to administer most Windows Storage Server tasks easily.

To access Server Manager tools:

  1. Drag your cursor to the bottom left corner of the screen. Start appears.
  2. Do one of the following:

    • Right-click Start and choose the tool you want to use.
    • Click Start to open Tiles view, and type the tool, feature, or file that you want to access.

To open Server Manager, click in the taskbar.


 

Note: You can also use the command-line interface Windows PowerShell to perform administrative tasks. How to use PowerShell cmdlets is beyond the scope of this manual.


 

Connecting Remotely

After the initial configuration, you can connect to your server and perform administration tasks using Microsoft Remote Desktop. You can perform most administration tasks remotely with the Server Manager, but you cannot repair or reinstall Windows remotely.

The instructions for controlling your NAS remotely via a computer on your WAN vary depending on your network configuration and your network security. If you have problems, try to use a static IP address on your remote computer and open port 3389 on the server.

To use Remote Desktop, the following network requirements are recommended:

  • DHCP server for automatic remote server setup
  • Gigabit Ethernet routers, peripherals, and computer network interfaces

Remote Desktop via Windows

Remote Desktop is available on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. The following are required:

  • Pentium or equivalent processor (1GHz or higher)
  • 512MB RAM or more
  • Connection to the same network as the NAS

Connect to your Seagate NAS remotely

  1. From the Start menu, select All Programs > Accessories > Remote Desktop Connection. The Remote Desktop Connection dialog box opens.
  2. Click Show Options.
  3. On the General tab, select your NAS from the Computer list.
  4. If necessary, enter Administrator as the user name.
  5. To save these settings for the next connection, click Save.
  6. Click Connect.
    You might receive a warning message about the identity of the remote computer (your NAS). To prevent this message from appearing again, select Don't ask me again for connections to this computer and click Yes..
  7. Enter your NAS Administrator password and click OK.
    The Seagate NAS - Remote Desktop Connection window opens.

Remote Desktop via Other Platforms

Microsoft supports remote connection clients for these platforms:

  • iPads and iPhones
  • Android devices
  • Macintosh desktops and laptops

For details on using other clients, go to the Microsoft support website and search for “Microsoft remote desktop clients.”

You also might be able to establish a remote desktop connection using a Windows emulation application on Mac or Linux.