Documentation

Services

Rockstor supports many services that are necessary or useful in a storage system. Service management, ie turning on or off and configuration can be done via the System - Services page of the web-ui. Note that the spanner icon next to each service name is used to configure that service.

This section is the default for the System page: all services and their current state are displayed.

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To start or stop a service, click its respective ON or OFF buttons.

Some services need to be configured before they can be turned on. To access the configuration page for a service, click the wrench icon next to the service name.

Please note that not all services are documented here, we are currently working on upgrading the documentation

NFS

Rockstor uses Linux NFS server to support exporting Shares to remote clients via NFS. Custom NFS configuration is not supported, but the service must be turned on in order to export shares. See the Network File System (NFS) section for details.

Samba

Rockstor supports making Shares available to SMB and CIFS clients via Samba software suite. Custom Samba server configuration is not supported, but the service must be turned on before exposing shares. See the Samba/CIFS section for details.

SFTP

SFTP stands for Secure File Transfer Protocol and is essentially FTP over SSH. In Rockstor user owned shares exported via this method are mounted withing a minimal chroot environment for enhance security. Please see out Secure File Transport Protocol (SFTP) section.

AFP

Apple Filing Protocol is the native / proprietary equivalent of NFS in Linux / Unix and SMB/CIFS from Windows. However as of OSX 10.9 Mavericks the default network sharing protocol in OSX is SMB/CIFS. See the Apple Filing Protocol (AFP) section for details.

NTP

NTP maintains system time in synchronization with Internet standard time server. This service must always be turned on.

To configure NTP, you can specify the address of an Internet standard time server in the NTP configuration page.

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LDAP

LDAP is a directory service to connect to LDAP server.

In the web-ui, click on System tab to go to the System view. This also serves as the Services view, which is selected by default in the left sidebar. To configure LDAP, click on the wrench icon and submit the form with appropriate values as shown below.

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The individual fields of the form are described below.

  • LDAP Server: The IP address of the LDAP server.
  • Search base DN: Specifies that user information should be retrieved using the listed Distinguished Name (DN).
  • Enable TLS: If this is checked, TLS will be used to encrypt passwords sent to the LDAP server.
  • Certificate URL: If the Enable TLS checkbox is checked, you can specify a URL from which to download a valid CA (Certificate Authority) Certificate. A valid CA Certificate must be in PEM (Privacy Enhanced Mail) format.

To start or stop the service, click the corresponding ON or OFF button.

NIS

NIS is a directory service to connect to a NIS server.

In the web-ui, click on System tab to go to the System view. This also serves as the Services view, which is selected by default in the left sidebar. To configure NIS, click on the wrench icon and submit the form with appropriate values as shown below.

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  • Domain: NIS domain.
  • Server: IP address of NIS server.

NUT-UPS

A (Currently Beta) Network UPS Tools based service to orchestrate gracefull system shutdown in the event of a power outage. Please see our: UPS / NUT Setup section for more details.

ROCK-ON (DOCKER PLUGIN SYSTEM)

This is a very new service that is still in Beta, please see Rock-ons (Docker Plugins) For an introduction to Rockstor’s docker based plugin system.

To start or stop any service, click the corresponding ON or OFF button