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D-Link FAQ => ShareCenter FAQ => Topic started by: JavaLawyer on March 11, 2014, 08:46:29 AM

Title: DNS ShareCenter - User, Group, Permission, and Shared Folder/File Fundamentals
Post by: JavaLawyer on March 11, 2014, 08:46:29 AM
This FAQ entry describes the fundamentals of establishing users, groups, permissions, and shared folders/files in a D-Link ShareCenter.

Definitions

Assigning Access to Individual Users

Assigning access to an individual user requires providing the user with a permission associated to a specific ShareCenter folder or file. User > Permission > Folder/file

Example: Assign user1 with Read Only access to Data_Folder located in Volume_1

Leveraging Groups to Assign Access to Multiple Users

The D-Link ShareCenter product line supports the assignment of unique permissions to individual users. However, if a large number of users require the same access permissions, groups are often a better approach than individual assignments.

Example: Create the following user shared folder combinations:

Configuring each user individually is a lot of work and may result in account management issues later on if modifications need to be made. For this example, assume that the five user accounts (user1, user2, user3, user4, and user5) already exist. A close examination of the above set of requirements will yield that the users can be separated into two lists:

Since there are two specific sets of permissions, we can create two groups to fulfill this request:

After the two groups are created, the final step is adding the users to the appropriate group. Note that a user can be a member of multiple groups:

Leveraging Groups to Globally Modify User Access

The true power of groups is fully realized when user access must be modified. Continuing with the prior example, let's say a new a new folder is created in the ShareCenter called Volume_1/Photos and you want to provide Read Only access to user1, user3, user4, and user5. Rather than adding the share to each user individually, only Media_Group needs to be updated.

Now all users in Media_Group have access to Volume_1/Photos.

Finally, let's assume a new user account (user6) is created and needs access to the Media and Photos folder. Rather than configuring individual assignments, simply add user6 to Media_Group

Now user6 has the same access as the other users in Media_Group.

Configuring Users, Permissions, and Groups in a D-Link ShareCenter

The steps required to configure user accounts, permissions, and groups in the D-Link ShareCenter product line varies depending on the ShareCenter model. Please refer to the user manual for your specific ShareCenter model for instructions. Newer ShareCenter models have a Wizard that walks through the configuration process.