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BackupNetClone Installation

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Step 1: Gain Access to the Backup Server

The first step for running BackupNetClone is setting up the backup server so that you have command-line access. When using a standard PC, this is a trivial step, and you can go ahead to Step 2. On the other hand, if you plan on using a NAS device such as the D-Link DNS-323 with BackupNetClone, then you'll need to do some initial setup that will let you make customizations to the device beyond its original design.

The remaining instructions for this step assume you have the DNS-323. As such, I will outline how to start using the device from having just unpacked it from the box. If you have a different device to use as the backup server you'll have to figure this step out on your own. I recommend checking out this page which has pointers to many NAS device community websites.

A. Disk Backup B. Onsite Backup C. Offsite Backup

Ok, so up to this point, you've basically done nothing! You're starting out from the beginning. For any of the configurations above you need to follow these steps:

  1. Make sure the DNS-323 has at least one disk drive and is on the network, is plugged in and turned on.
  2. Find the device using D-Link Easy Search Utility found on the CD or on D-Link's web site.
  3. I recommend assigning a static IP address to your device at this stage. It will make it much easier to find the device and forward a port to it if you want to access it from outside your network. To do this in the Easy Search Utility, just change the "Receive DHCP" setting to "Disable". Then change the last number in the "I P" to be something above 200.
  4. Now go to the device's configuration web site by putting in the IP address you assigned in the last step in your web browser's address line. You can also use the Easy Search Utility to do this by pushing the "Configuration" button. Configure the DNS-323 to your liking.
  5. Be sure to update your DNS-323 with the latest firmware from D-Link.
  6. Download the Fonz's fun_plug by going to http://www.inreto.de/dns323/fun-plug/. Get the latest stable version (named funplug-xxx.tar.gz) and save the file on your computer. (NOTE: Instructions on this site are currently oriented to the 0.3 version of Fonz's fun_plug. Version 0.5 and later, referred to as 'ffp', use a slightly different directory path: 'ffp/' is used instead of 'fun_plug.d/'. If you have any doubts as to which version of Fonz' fun_plug to get, use 0.3 until I have updated all instructions for 0.5, at which time I will remove this comment.)
  7. Navigate to the first share on the DNS-323 by using its assigned IP address. For example, type the following in the Windows Explorer address bar: \\\Volume_1. You can also map a drive letter using the Easy Search Utility.
  8. Unpack funplug-xxx.tar.gz to the root of Volume_1. You should get two files: fun_plug and fun_plug.tar. To unzip the .tar.gz file you can use free utilities such as IZArc.
  9. Reboot the DNS-323 and wait a minute. Your DNS-323 now has telnet access!
  10. Download and install PuTTY to use as a telnet program.
  11. Telnet into the DNS-323 using PuTTY. You should get a prompt that looks like the following:
  12. Congratulations! You've gained command-prompt access to your DNS-323 and can move on to the next step.
  13. If you need more help for this step, here are other sites to check out:
  14. At this point you can also add additional features to your DNS-323, such as:

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