• Quick Installation Guide
  • Step by Step
  • Admin User Guide
01. Introduction
  • Presence of the Machine
02. Hardware Requirement
03. Acquire the Software
04. System Configuration
05. Recover System via RAID
06. FAQ

The Presence of the Running Machine on the Internet

Everything has a start, and has an end.

Deploying a server over the Internet is different from setting up a local server without being revealed to outside people. For a server to be unknown on the Internet by fully-qualified hostname, it requires some registration processes. Furthermore, since the server is known to the public, some security measures should have been taken to avoid the abuse of the server.

This package includes basic elements for network operation, for example, DNS, FTP, firewall, backup storage server, VPN (Virtual Private Network) and Email .

We start from the introduction on Domain name registration with the following diagram:

1. Purchase domain name from the “vendor for domain name registration”

The “Domain Name Registration Vendor” usually will provide a Web interface for you to query your desired domain name. You may find some of the domain names you like have been acquired by other people. It is necessary for you need to find a domain name that is not being occupied. And then make the purchase of the domain name from the “Domain Name Registration Vendor” to complete this step.

2. Purchase Internet bandwidth and obtain “static” IP addresses from your local ISP (internet service provider).

Usually, the ISP will give you a set of IP addresses that may include a list of public IP addresses, the netmask, and the default Gateway. This IP information will be used when you install the software and configure your server. You shall keep the information in a safe place once you obtain that from your ISP.

3. Find a legitimate “DNS host provider”

It is to host your domain name (which you get from step 2) and the associated static IP address (which you get from step 3) record so that everybody on Internet can use your domain name to reach your server. Usually, the “DNS host provider” will provide a Web interface to allow you to input your domain name and the mapped IP address record into their hosted server. This step is completed after you have entered the data into the web page.

4. Update the record at the “Domain Name Registration Vendor” server with the IP addresses of the “DNS host provider”.

At this step, you need to access the website provided by “Domain Name Registration Vendor”. If you do not know the DNS server’s IP addresses of your “DNS host provider”, you can do as follows at your Windows command prompt (the command prompt is reached through Start > Run > cmd), issue the command

  C:\>nslookup DNS-server- name-from-your-provider

The system will respond with the IP address of your “DNS host provider”. Usually, you need to find two IP addresses of the two DNS servers provided by “DNS host provider” (one is called primary DNS host server, the other is secondary DNS host server). The two IP addresses will be entered into the record in the place of “Domain Name Registration Vendor”. We suggest using primary DNS server and secondary server from different places. The Azblink server package also provides DNS server. But to allow people all over the world can query your domain, you should have your domain name placed in different DNS servers to alleviate the load.

5. Wait until it is in effect.

In general, it needs 24 hours to 72 hours to have your domain name record of the server populated across the world so that people can use domain name to access your server.
Those are the general steps as long as you want to have your own private server(s) on Internet.


Basic Web Setting

After the system installation be finished, take the CD out, reboot the machine, and then start the basic network setting for the system.

There are two modes to configure the host, one is console mode on the local host, and the other is Web interface mode on Client. You can choose the one you like or just by the network environment of that time.

Console Mode --- configure on local host

A. Input account and password to login into console configuration interface.


B. You will see 7 options after login in

 1. IP Address:
 2. Netmask:
 3. Default Gateway:
 4. Save and Reboot
 5. Reset to CD setting (DHCP) and Reboot
 6. View Current Active Values
 7. Exit without Saveing Changes

C. Is there any fixed ip ready for configuration?

  Yes, type fixed IP address, Netmask and Default Gateway into option 1.2.3. severally. You can use up
  and down arrow to choose the option who needs edit, and then press enter to configure. After option 1.2.3
  be correctly configured, you can use option 4 to save these changes and reboot the machine. (If you have
  no idea about the Netmask and Default Gateway, you can just refer to the Completion List provided by your

  No, if there is a DHCP server providing the IP assignment services in your network, you can just use option6
  to check the IP address assigned by the system. After checking eth0, please write down the IP address, and
  remember to use option 7 to quit the Console interface.

D. By the IP address you set or the one obtained from DHCP, you can view the configuration page of the
   system host via Web browser on remote Client.

※ DHCP server exists in your network, but if you find eth0 shown as IP when you check current system value, please check if your network cables plug into wrong place (eh0 and eth1 may been exchanged), or if there are some problems on other equipments. (Refer to Q&A in the manual)

Web interface Mode --- configure at sub-network

A. Is the host, which you installed system on, connected by other hosts?

  Yes, please confirm the host is the only DHCP sever (that is to say the network should not have other
  DHCP servers, e.g. IP distributor), and then start from C.

  No, please complete basic network configuration according to B’s instruction.

B. A network cable makes host’s eth1 port and the Hub connected. And use another cable to connect to
  Hub, let the other end of this cable link to a common Client computer.

C. Choose one Client computer from the sub-network which connected to the system host.

D. Open command prompt on the Client (suppose it’s a Windows machine), type “ipconfig” and then press
 “Enter” button, check whether the Default Gateway is or not?

  Yes, just close the command prompt, enter into next step.

  No, type “ipconfig/release” to release the old IP in your computer, and then type “ipconfig/renew” to get
  new assigned IP.
  (If you are still unable to obtain new IP, please check if the network has other DHCP sever or not, or maybe
  TCP/IP of this Client does not use the mode of “Obtain an IP Address Automatically”.)

E. Open your Browser, and type at the address bar to link. When you visit the page at the
  first time, you will see 4 items;

  Host Name:Please set Host Name for this host.
  Admin Password:Default password is admin123.
  New Admin Password:Please set new password.
  Confirm Password:Please confirm your new password.

F. After you enter into system page, go to System>>Network, choose Internet or PPPoE depending on the

  Choose Internet. At the Internet Interface, mostly, you should set the values for IP address / Netmask /
  Default Gateway and then submit, restart your machine and you will find it already connected to Internet.

  Choose PPPoE. If you use PPPoE, remember to check the checkbox of “Turn on PPPoE”. Fill in the account
  and password provided by ISP and submit, reboot your computer, then you can connect to the network.
  (Please refer to the sections of Configuration and Q&A in Quick Installation Guide if you have any questions.)


Storage (User Side)

As we mentioned earlier, the Storage server allows people with “non-admin” accounts to specify the folders on remote Windows PCs so that the Storage server will fetch the data from those Windows PCs for data backup. Since backup item is supplied by each user, each user has the responsibility to make sure the information entered is correct so that the Storage server will perform the task correctly. Furthermore, each user can extract the data from the Storage server for data recovery.

We have emphasized that the Storage server will back up the folders on the remote hosts. On most Windows PCs, the hostname resolving is done via broadcasting packets; the broadcasting packets can not pass the subnet. Thus, you should put those machines in the same subnet unless you use other mechanism to settle the hostname resolving issues.  Other than those remote folders entered by the users, it also performs the data backup for files under each user’s home directory on Storage server (except for tmp directory). The backup schedule is set by the admin user.

For the folders and files in each user’s home directory on this machine, the system will perform backup for all of them, it does not to set any parameters to do selective backup. For the remote folders, the users need to specify “clear” target so that the storage server can fetch the data from the network to perform data backup.

Please notice that the “clear” target means that the system would not backup those target Host Name or Share Name (like \\Hostname\sharename) with the name contains space between words, or word with trailing space, or word with leading space. If you have this kind of Share name, or host name, you have to change them. If there is any space in-between, the backup setting will be failed.

The storage server will perform incremental backup during the weekdays, and whole backup every Sunday. Incremental backup means: it only saves the changes compared the previous version for each file. Thus, incremental backup data would be corrupted if its comparison basis is corrupted. The whole backup is just to perform the data backup as a whole. And it does not depend on other version to restore the data itself.

To restore the data from the storage server, you need to specify the date for the data you would like to retrieve. If you only want to extract the data by the date you specify, the system will give you the snapshot of the data at the time 0:00AM at that date. If that is not the version of copy you are looking for, you might try to extend the range of date by extracting all the different versions in that week or the versions in the following days.

Once the extraction process is started, it might take a little longer to restore your data if you have huge amount of data to restore. The restored data will be places in the tmp directory under your home directory. To access, you need issue command from Windows like \\StorageServerNameOrIPAddress\UserId; a password prompt will pop up if there is no memory on your PC for this login. After you login successfully, just jump to “tmp” directory. You will find out the data is arranged over there.

It is worthwhile to notice here that some people familiar with other Linux/Unix system might not add new users into the system via the Web interface we provide. In that case, a user might not be able to do file access via “Samba” in this way. To have a fully-functional user ID, it has to do “Adding New User” via Web interface.

The specific details will be introduced as follows.



Two types of methods can be specified here to allow the backup server to access the remote folders on the other machines. One is: you only specify the host name and the associated login name and password on that host. The backup server will use that login name and password and try to find out all the folders it can access and perform backup on them. With this mechanism, you do not have to specify each folder one by one.

On the other hand, you can also specify the host name plus the share name in the form \\host\share for data backup. In this case, the backup server will only backup the data under that folder with login and the corresponding password. If using “Window’s hostname” in \\host\share  does not work well, you can just use IP address. Please notice that those hosts shall only sit inside the firewall.

Furthermore, codepage setting is used in supporting multiple language system on old Windows system. If the target host is a Linux host, usually, you should set the code page as Codepage 437. If you are not sure about the target host code page setting, please try out different code page settings and run the backup process until you are satisfied with the back up result. By then, you can execute the big backup task.

The entered data will be shown on the “Test/Delete” menu in the following section.

Please notice that: although the backup server can back up the files or folders with non-English characters, please do not use “Space” or other special characters or any non-English symbols as “hostnames.” or “share names”. Only alpha-numerical (a-z, 0-9) symbols are suggested to use.


Once you specify the host(s) or the remote folder(s) to perform the data backup, you can just test if those hosts or folders can be “viewed” by the backup server. If some of them can not be viewed, it means that there exists network setting problem or the corresponding hosts are not up. If you do not get any meaningful response form “Test”, that means storage server will have problem to access that remote host or folder so that the data backup will not be successful. Thus, you have to resolve the problem in order for the storage server to function well.

Usually, it is just typo or you use some special characters that can not be recognized by the system, for example, the name is with trailing space at the end. In this case, you can just delete it or rename the remote folder.

For those host or folder data you type into the system by mistake, you can just delete from backup list. After that, you can go back to “Setting” menu to enter the new folder name for backup.

If the test result shows that the backup target can be accessed successfully, you might push the button “Backup ASAP” to ask the system to perform backup immediately without waiting until the system schedule time.