"Much more "can't" than "can" with this box."0.5 starson by Zeck
Pros: With some coaxing, it will join domain and use Active Directory. It will allow web access (but see Cons). It can backup to an external USB drive (actually I will find out for sure when I check the drive on Monday morning)..
Cons: It has been flaking holding onto the domain. Although it allows web access along side Active Directory, it cannot use the AD user names and passwords, so you must set up unique user names. If Joe Smith is jsmith in AD, he's smithj for web access.
Summary: Unfortunately, it's not about what you CAN do; it's about what you CAN'T do...none of which is explained in sales literature or even in the manual. You will struggle for hours and finally wait a half hour on hold to speak with generally uninformed support people. I've never gotten FTP to work, even when disabling Active Directory. I am able to use AD along side web access by importing a comma delimited list, but now I'll have to periodically change 50 passwords to comply with Sarbane-Oxley. NOTE that there is only top-level security. You may not have different security settings for subfolders. Therefore, you will have hundreds of shares to separate permissions and every subfolder therein have the same permissions. If, before, different people in Accounting had access to different subfolders in the Accounting share in Active Directory, now they must find these subfolders under other share names. There's so much more wrong with the TeraStation that I could go on for hours. But the Wisconsin Badgers are on TV and the game is already five minutes in. Buy this at your own peril!!!