It strikes me that the automated ‘all at once’ WD Setup program pushed in the User Manual:
i) is unecessary, since everything can be done via the Dashboard
ii) is too ‘black box’, so users don’t understand what it’s doing, and can’t fix it if it goes wrong
iii) installs too much unecessary software
iv) enables too many services that totally overload the NAS when it gets dumped with a huge amount of data (as it likely to happen with a new NAS)
v) prevents the user learning in a step-by-step manner; it’s all a huge learning curve.
So, I was thinking of writing an alternative setup guide, similar to my Twonky FAQ.
The approach would be to start simple, paring back all the fancy features to leave a simple file server.
Then, once that is set up and data has been transferred, gradually enable the additional features as the user requires, at each stage increasing their understanding of how the thing works, rather then the huge learning curve imposed by using the WD ‘black box’ setup.
This has been in my mind for some time, having seen so many people struggle with setup unecessarily, but I’ve been prompted by finding a 2TB drive on discount, which I intend to use as a ‘sacrificial’ device for cloud access and test purposes. I ran through the entire setup via the Dashboard, and, so far, I’ve found nothing I can’t do.
I won’t be able to advise on TimeMachine or iTunes server, as I don’t have a Mac.
This would be a lot of work to write and check, so I’m asking if anyone thinks it would be useful first… Any interest?