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Table of Contents


Volume Manager Manual

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Quick Start

Step 1. When you first start Volume Manager, no records will be present in the Identity Table. Click the + button at the bottom lief to add a new record.

Step 2. The Mount Identity record is created is fake sample mount data. You need to modify the fake sample data with the data needed to successfully mount the volume. Start by changing the Mount Identity to a unique text string that will allow you to easily know what volume is being mounted by this record.

Step 3. The text field named (File Server Hostname or IP Address) is very important to get correct. You really have three options for entering data here:

Option 1. You can enter the IP address of the fileserver that holds the volume you are mounting. This is the safest and most accurate way for Volume Manager to always work. If you know the IP address of the fileserver, it is preferred that you enter it. The only reason why you would not want to enter an IP address is if you are mounting a volume from a computer that is getting an address dynamically (via DHCP) and the address is always changing. Then you must use Option 2 or Option 3 below.

Option 2. As mentioned in Option 1, it is preferred that you simply enter the IP address of the fileserver; however, sometimes the fileserver IP address changes because the server is really just a laptop or desktop that obtains an IP address automatically. In this case, you can try to use the Zero Configuration option called Bonjour. Above the Identity Table is a button named Bonjour to see if Volume Manager can automatically discover the server using Apples version of zero config, named Bonjour. Click on the Bonjour button and a panel slides out listing all servers found on the network via Bonjour. If you see the server you want to use, just double-click that row and it will auto-populate the fileserver text field with the correct information. As long as the fileserver does not change names, you should not need to modify this field again. If you are wondering how a fileserver sets this hostname, on an OSX computer, the fileserver bonjour name is set in Apple->SystemPreferences-> Sharing configuration panel. Set the name in the Computer Name field on the server.

Option 3. If your place of business uses their own DNS server and they have properly configured a hostname for this fileserver inside of their DNS server, then you may enter the DNS hostname of the server. The only requirement is that Volume Manager will attempt to convert this hostname into an IP address and if it fails, then Volume Manager will display an error saying the hostname is not resolvable. Which means the text string you entered could not be turned into an IP address.

Step 4. Enter the name of the volume that the server is making available to be mounted (this is called Sharing) and that you are trying to mount. If you are unsure what this is, you should select the Finder and then enter Command+K and it will open a window that lets you enter data to mount a server. If the server is a Mac, enter afp://1.2.3.4 (where 1.2.3.4 is the IP address of the server). If the server is a Windows server, enter smb://1.2.3.4. You will then be prompted for your username and password and the server will authenticate you. You will then be presented with a window that displays all the volumes the server is sharing. It is one of those volume names being displayed that you should enter in the Volume or Share Name field of Volume Manager. Essentially, Volume Manager lets you automate the mounting of volumes. The volumes are just like the volumes you saw in the Command+K output but can only mount a volume if the server is Sharing it (or making it available to be mounted). If you do not know the volume or share name and you cannot determine it from Command+K, you need to contact the person that manages the fileserver (or computer) and ask them.

Step 5. When Volume Manager mounts a volume on your behalf it must provide the fileserver with username and password to authenticate you to the server and if the username and password is valid, then you will be granted access to the volume. 

Step 6. If it is your desire for Volume Manager to always monitor a particular volume and if Volume Manager detects the volume is not mounted, then Volume Manager will try to re-mount the volume. Volume Manager will only try to re-mount the volume if it detects that it can reach the fileserver across the network. To accomplish this you would need to check the check-box named:

Monitor and Remount: checkmark this so that the share is monitored and and if the volume is found unmounted, auto remount if possible.

Schedule Mount: this allows setting the time to mount a share for instance at the beginning of work at 8:00 AM

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Terminology

Mount – Mounting is a process by which the operating system makes files and directories on a storage device available for users to access via the computer’s file system.

Mount Point – A mount point is a directory (typically an empty one) in the currently accessible filesystem on which an additional filesystem is mounted (i.e., logically attached). A filesystem is a hierarchy of directories (also referred to as a directory tree) that is used to organize files on a computer system.

Network sharing – Network sharing is a feature that allows resources to be shared over a network, be they files, documents, folders, media, etc. … By connecting a device to a network, other users/devices in the network can share and exchange information through this network. Network sharing is also known as shared resources.

Server – A server is a computer, a device or a program that is dedicated to managing network resources. Servers are often referred to as dedicated because they carry out hardly any other tasks apart from their server tasks.

There are a number of categories of servers, including print servers, file servers, network servers and database servers.

In theory, whenever computers share resources with client machines they are considered servers.

Share – A resource on a local network that can be accessed by others. A network share is typically a folder on a PC, Mac or server.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: I can’t add more shares?
A: The name of each drive in volume list needs to be unique within the list. For example if mount point ‘Development’ is already in the list. You can’t add another volume with the same name in list and will give the error ‘Mount Point already being used’.

Q: Why doesn’t my share remount automatically?
A: Drive remount works only if checkbox ‘Monitor and Remount’ for that drive is enabled. If you manually unmounted any drive, then you need to enable ‘Monitor and Remount’ checkbox again if you wanted that drive to remount automatically after the specified interval.