Accessing Your Storage Pool Over a Network

Now you have created your storage pool you will want to share it with other Users on your network.
FlexRAID has a very handy feature which allows you to setup shares for your pool and its sub folders. It allows you to define who has access and their permissions.

Windows Home Server 2011 Users please read the WHS 2011 Specific Advice at the bottom of the page before you continue

Other Windows OS users it is recommended that you first create your shares using default method for you OS and then mirror this in the FlexRAID WebUI using the method defined below

Adding Shares into FlexRAID

Enter your FlexRAID WebUI, open the configuration you’re using (either your Cruise Control or your Expert Storage Pool configuration) and click on the Server Shares section.

You will be presented with a window like this but devoid of shares, so now you need to add the ones you need. Click to add a share.

You will now be presented with a tree structure of your pooled drive.

Either share the entire drive or navigate to folder you would like to share. Highlight it and RIGHT CLICK the mouse.

Left clicking the button with select that item and return you to the previous screen.

As you can see all the “Add / Save” fields have been auto filled in for you.
In the “User:” field enter the name of the account which will be accessing the share. The default is set to “Everyone” which will allow all users or you can define a specific user.
Finally set the “Permission”

  • Read will only allow the user to read the files but not edit them.
  • Change will allow the user to read and write to the shared drive or folder
  • Giving Full Control to a user allows you to take ownership of the file and thus change the permissions assigned to it. It is best practice to only give this to Administrators

Don’t forget to save this share by clicking 
Congratulations you have set-up your first share.

If you would like to add another user to this share you need to edit the “User:” box, assign permission and click again.

Now you have created a storage pool and shared it over you network you can protect your data by Setting up your Snapshot RAID

Hints & Tips

There is a bug which prevents the scroll bar from appearing to allow you to browse your current shares. Clicking the  button will make the scroll bar appear again!

If you would like to add your shares into your client PCs library’s you may find you get an error saying it cannot be added as it is not indexed. If this is the case you should

  • On your server click “start” and type “indexing options” and select it
  • Click “modify” and include your FlexRAID drive in the indexing options.

WHS 2011 Specific advice

I have found the best way to make sure my shares appear in the Dashboard after a system reboot is to create you shared folders using the dashboard and then mirror in FlexRAID this using the method below.

WHS by default partitions you hard drive into two drives (well three really but one is a hidden system partition)

  • C: for the OS and
  • D: for the six default shares

Default Shares

  • Client Computer Backups
  • Documents
  • Music
  • Pictures
  • Recorded TV
  • Videos

The shares placed on the D: drive cannot be deleted from the Dashboard and an error is generated if you try and move the shares from D: onto your pooled drive if done through the Dashboard.

I have found the best method for moving them onto your pooled drive is to

  • Enter computer management and unassign the drive letter D:
  • Enter the Dashboard and “recreate” the shares on your pooled drive
  • Enter the FlexRAID “Server Shares” WebUI and create the shares as defined in “Accessing your Storage Pool over a Network “
  • Reassign a drive letter to the drive your shares were on previously and manually copy your data into you newly created shares on the pool
Hope this helps. m0t0k0

Moving default shares alternate 1

Additional Tips

  • It is recommended that the Windows HomeGroup feature be disabled since it interferes with the simple networking requirement of FlexRAID.
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9 Responses to “Accessing Your Storage Pool Over a Network”

  1. NTerprise November 30, 2012 at 4:20 PM #

    “It is recommended that the Windows Workgroup feature be disabled since it interferes with the simple networking requirement of FlexRAID.”
    ???!!! Please elaborate.

    • m0t0k0 December 1, 2012 at 2:30 PM #

      I never wrote that line but I’m pretty sure its supposed to say HomeGroup so I have edited it accordingly

  2. Trumpkin January 1, 2013 at 6:10 PM #

    For Users of the German Version of Windows:

    WICHTIG! (Für Windows deutsch)

    “Everyone” bewirkt, dass rein gar nichts passiert!
    “ALLE” statt “Everyone”. (Solange Everyone im Share verwendet wird nützt es auch nicht andere User dazu zu geben. Komplett löschen, dann gehts.

    in english:
    IMPORTANT! (for windows german)
    “Everyone” will cause that nothing happens at all!
    “ALLE” instead of “Everyone”. (As long as Everyone is user for the share it’s also no use to add other users. You have to delte the the share completely, then it’ll work.

  3. FoF January 29, 2013 at 10:50 AM #

    Does Flexraid us the local user’s password for permissions?

    For example:
    – If I give the user “fred” change permissions, does every windows user “fred” have permission to modify contents? or must their password match the local “fred” user’s password?

    • m0t0k0 January 29, 2013 at 12:48 PM #

      Yes it is my understanding that it works this way. FlexRaid is just re-creating standard windows shares each time the system boots

  4. Jeff February 6, 2013 at 9:57 PM #

    I access my FlexRaid Storage Pool daily over my network. This can make for slow and odd behavior if the SERVER machine being accessed doesn’t have it’s power settings changed from the DEFAULT SETTINGS WINDOWS COMES WITH:

    I noticed over several months of usage, my drives were going to sleep. It would take a very long time for them to wake on my first access of my drive pool in the morning…

    Then I started reading about Windows 7 performance tuning and power settings. I have never done it before, but a desktop machine first installed with the OS will have a setting to turn off drives after 20 minutes. This can cause FlexRaid to be very slow until all the drives in your pool wake from sleep settings. I would sometimes experience several minutes of delays when I would first try to access the drive pool; completely unacceptable performance no matter what the energy savings, for a server storage array.

    It was as easy as going into the control panel, Hardware and Sound, Power Settings, choosing High Performace Settings option, and then Change Plan Settings for that selection, and go to Advanced Settings, Hard Disk and setting Turn Off Hard Disk to NEVER.

    Now I experience ENTIRELY DIFFERENT PERFORMANCE from FlexRaid and I would never have known this from the FlexRaid documentation. I assume the developer is not entirely involved with Windows and has not experienced this complaint. Either way, make sure you understand this if you host FlexRaid on Windows.

  5. RamboO April 12, 2013 at 7:08 AM #


    may I share certain folder with certain people on my netwok only ? please guide , thanks

  6. Turnspit May 20, 2016 at 3:27 AM #

    I’ve been taking a look into FlexRAID the last few days and it seems to be fitting my needs quite exactly. The single thing I don’t like is managing shares via the FlexRAID UI instead of directly in Windows.
    From what I’ve read the issue is FlexRAID mounting the pool(s) into Windows after Windows tries to republish the shares.

    Couldn’t this issue simply be solved by setting the SERVER service to delayed startup, making shure that Windows republishes shares after the pool has been mounted be FlexRAID?

    • admin January 6, 2017 at 8:18 PM #

      The current release allows you to configure the shares in Windows directly. The Web UI is used to backup those configurations for them to be restored later as Windows does remember shares on non-permanent disks and removable disks.

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