Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon one of the actually useful “addons/plugins/apps” that was available from the official repo.
It’s for managing multiple QNAP NAS units. And It’s light – in features so far, but it actually gives some graphs, possibility to create rules, and generic alarm settings!
So, stepping to the left, we got the goodie-list:
Dashboard – main start/stop page, a … dashboard with some graphs and general shorthand info.
Server – the servers in question – pop in a new one and enjoy.
Report – Aha – here comes the fun stuff – get reports on your disks / usage / shared vols / storage pools / performance ( IOPS etc ) / temp / fan / S.M.A.R.T alarms… Me like.
Log – system logs all in one place. Nifty.
Rule – this is were it gets interesting –
You can set general settings for specific NAS devices ( you select them in the previous screens for creating a rule). You can also group the rules inte rulesets.
Firmware lib – Check for firmware of the connected devices – from the menu. Dunno yet if the upgrade part works straight of here.
Notification – Get your alerts, get your alerts here! Well, create your triggers and outbound parties (SNMP traps / email ) here.
Settings – Contains nice sub-menus – Account | LDAP Configuration | AD Configuration | Patch | Export/Import settings | Remote Backup | Update Agent.
All in all – you can manage your administrative accounts straight off here, your LDAP / AD configs, specific patches, export and import QCenter settings, setup remote backup (rsync) from this central place as well (your hand made local settings will not show here ), and of course make sure that the agent package that gets installed upon first handshake hold a valid version.