Reset the root password and see how that effects the installation, check the “myip” “ip a” etc.
Documentation for How-tos & Guides— Resetting root password does not reflect the reality.
In a post on 8th Dec @phillxnet linked to an article that is totally different to the documents version, but was the same as the reality.
@phillxnet had also offered this link https://rockstor.com/docs/installation/installer-howto.html but I had already started the reinstall and didn’t see it until later.
So The resetting of the Root Password was a no show. Is realigning the docs with reality a job in hand?
*Step 2 Reinstall Rockstore v4 os only, import the pool and shares to see if the permissions situation has been solved.
Completed very smoothly, with one exception: The splash screen (GNU Grub 2.04 selection screen) doesn’t have the look and feel of the GUI initial start up screen which is World Class (IMHO) and the ”Failsafe” option doesn’t seem to do anything different to the other options, scripts whizz by very quickly so could be doing background “stuff”
The scripts stop on a message waiting for a root logon which stumped me, typed in some regularly used usernames but no dice and the log in timed out and listed the ip address anyway.
What was the point of the login?
Belatedly in a moment of reflection, the script was just asking for the Password entered earlier without a log in name which was the bit that threw a spanner in the works, as logins usually are a two stage process, Login Name followed by Password.
Also discovered that the System Shell is different to the Terminal window when a monitor is connected to the NAS, as mentioned by @Flox on 16th Dec, but didn’t really register at the time.
Perhaps the text here could afford a NON Terminal user with more appropriate guidance such as:
Go to your Web browser
Type this address into the browser search box
https://XXX.XXX.X.XX (The x’s being replaced with the ip address set up by the OS.
Logged in to the web ui and imported the discs etc (Nice straight forward process)
Went back to the windows environment, could see the shares in the network “Directory/Folder” as previously but could not get around the permissions regardless of the changes made to the many windows advanced settings, change in ownership and additions/changes to user permissions.
Step 3 *Reinstall Rockstore v4, create a new pool and share to see if the permissions situation has been solved.
Reinstall the OS with new Hostname that reflected the use of the system as Family members could be accessing the NAS. It wasn’t immediately obvious that the Hostname needed to show up recognisable when users (Family members) searched for it on their devices.
Completed the deletion of Samba settings, Shares, Pool and reset/wiped the two HDD’s, reset the raid, created a Pool, Share and set a Samba Export without editing the user and group in the access control tab of the share, leaving it at “root” for both and leaving the permissions as the default.
Returned to the Win 11 and selected the network Directory/Folder, highlighted the Network label, typed in the ip address and low and behold a window popped up asking for a log in and password.
Typed in the username and password for the RockstoreNAS and the NAS share appeared.
Dragged and dropped some files which copied across without a hitch.
Elatedly set up a few more shares and commenced populating the NAS drives.
So far copied across a full range of file types, some in compressed format, all functioning fine.
What were the previous problems caused by:
Possibly the changes made in the Samba settings I.e changing the access control –owner and group from root to a named user and altering the permissions from default, (This was done for future users who might need access. We all know what thought did ).
There was a share set up in the root pool but not used??.
I feel that a set of explicit instructions for newcomers when working with systems outside the Windows/Non Linux environment would be appropriate, not sure where such guidance would sit in order to catch the attention, some folk like to skim read (at best) and get into the nitty-gritty sleeves rolled up etc. So perhaps in several places as progress is made like the little notices that pop up when hovering over an icon, or at the top of an opening page when creating a new share or samba export.
Well worth considering (IMHO) because when operating correctly the Rockstor NAS is a nice piece of kit to say the least.
Many Many thanks to all for the detailed help and guidance offered over the last 2 Months (Exactly) without which I would be swimming with the sharks. Or forked out more wonga for a commercial box.
*(Just seen a second hand upgrade board and 4 core processor only a couple of years old… I wonder *