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Can someone help me Add this to the Active Directory so I can share it with our Users?

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Recently purchased a Buffalo LinkStation 1TB External Hard Drive and I'd like to share it with the Company.

Can someone that has done this previously help me?  I'll Upload pictures to the questions I have, I'll do just about anything asked. Just need help so I can get it seen by the Users and they can start adding to Shared Folders.
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It should be pretty straight forward. I used a Buffalo external drive a while back, but can't remember, I think it's plug and play.  Did it come with any special software? If so, you would probably want to install that first and connect the hard drive to your computer. Windows should then recognize it and assign a drive letter.

Then, once windows recognizes it, it should appear as drive D:\, E:\, F:\, ect...
Then you can right click on the drive that it's assigned to and choose properties. Click on the permissions button, add 'everyone' and give him full control. Click ok. Then on the 'Security' tab again add 'everyone' with full control. This will share you ENTIRE drive.

Make sure your firewall has file and print sharing as an exception. Then give everyone the location to your shared drive.

example:
\\RgrWalkerscomputer\BuffaloDrive

Hope this helps.
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<<Then, once windows recognizes it, it should appear as drive D:\, E:\, F:\, ect...
Then you can right click on the drive that it's assigned to and choose properties. Click on the permissions button, add 'everyone' and give him full control. Click ok. Then on the 'Security' tab again add 'everyone' with full control. This will share you ENTIRE drive.

Opps, After you right click and choose properties make sure you select the 'share this folder' radio button...and don't forget the security tab.

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The Linkstation is Connected to the Server but as a Workgroup.  So if you click on My Network Places you will have the choice between the Domain and Workgroup.  The LinkStations are conneced through the Workgroup.

So, if we keep them in the workgroup, how do Logged in Users into the Domain find the Linkstation?

If we don't keep them in the Workgroup, how do we get the LinkStation into the Domian?
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Are you saying you have both a domain AND a workgroup in your network? Unless the workgroup is for testing purposes, there is really no reason why a company should have both. If you have a domain, I would add ALL computers/servers to the domain.

To find the Linkstation, from the client PC's do the following:
start --> run --> \\Server\BuffaloDriveShare

You can place shortcuts on each computer if you want. It may ask you for a username/password, that's where having the excat same username/password locally comes in.

<<If we don't keep them in the Workgroup, how do we get the LinkStation into the Domian?
If you don't actually have a domain yet, here are instructions. Setting up a domain takes a bit of time upfront. But it will save you time in the long run because of centralized management.
http://www.windowsreference.com/windows-2003/step-by-step-guide-for-windows-server-2003-domain-controller-and-dns-server-setup/
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What I'm saying is this. When I installed the LinkStations it didn't install them into the Domain, it installed them into That Servers Workgroup.
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This is exactly why I recommend you join ALL computers, ALL servers to your domain. Get rid of the workgroup. It will simplify your network. Join the Server you install the Linkstation on to the domain.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb456990(TechNet.10).aspx

Whether the computer is apart of the domain or workstation determines if the linkstation will be found in the workgroup or domain. The linkstation will basically just "follow" the computer it was installed on. IE, if you now join the server to the domain, the linkstation will now be in the domain. If the computer is apart of the workgroup, then the linkstation is going to be found in the workgroup.

Make sense?
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That server is part of the domain.  I'm asking how to get the LinkStations part of the domain, I think I'm missing something.
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Which brings me back to the original quesiton.  How do I join the Domain with the LinkStations?
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OK, the linkstation will just appear as a hard drive on your server. You will then have to share the drive. Similar to how you would share a folder, it's basically the same process.

Right click on the drive the Linkstation is assigned to and choose properties. Share the drive, name it "BuffaloDriveShare" (or whatever you want). Go to the permissions, make sure 'everyone' has full control. Then on the security tab, again make sure everyone has full control. Click apply and OK.

Then from client PC
start --> run --> \\Server\BuffaloDriveShare

Or, you can drill down into MIcrosoft Windows Network -->Company Domain-->Server-->BuffaloDrive Share.
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Ok, I think I should re-install this Linkstation from scratch because its not doing what youre saying it should do.  First of all, The only means of connection the LinkStation has is through CAT5 Cable.  It plugs right into the switch. The server that I installed DriveStation Navigator onto has found the LinkStations and that is how I access them, Through this server that has DriveStation.

I do have the LinkStations Mapped to this server but I do not have the option to Share the drive as I normally would, Im only able to select Share on the Folders or Drive through the DriveStation Software Browser.  Ill show you a Picture of what Im getting when I follow your directions about Sharing.

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<< Recently purchased a Buffalo LinkStation 1TB External Hard Drive and I'd like to share it with the Company.

Your very first paragraph said the linkstation is an external hard drive. External hard drives don't join domains. They don't join workgroups. You install external hard drives on the server, i'd be the same as an Internal hard drive. The server domain or workgroup credentials decides where the linkstation is FOUND.

Do you actually have a NAS (instead of an external hard drive)? NAS don't normally hook directly up to a server. They usually plug into the network via a network cable. So, are you using a network cable to plug into your switch/Hub, or are you using a USB to connecting directly to your server.

What is the model of the linkstation?
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Ah, ok. So it's a NAS, not an external hard drive. There's the confusion.
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Yes, I apologize for this.
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No worries.

I looked online and was reading in a buffalo manual and yeah, it was saying you have to use there program and go into 'advanced settings' to configure the network settings to add it to a domain.
http://www.buffalotech.com/support/downloads/linkstation-pro-duo/
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Ok, so, let's see if we can get this puppy joined to the Domain.  

First the Model: LS-WTGL/R1

I've attached the Options I have in the Browser Management to Enter this into the AD.

Hope this helps.
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Looks like we are in the right place now. Yeah, i think you just about got it. Make sure 'active directory' is checked marked. Then, if you have a DNS server I think you can just add the 'companydomain' under the DNS/Realm name). If your network uses NetBIOS, then you can add 'CompanyDomain' to that. The only thing I'm not sure is if they want the fully qualified domain name or not. I don't think so, but you'll have to try it.  

Active Directory Domain Name (DNS/Realm Name): CompanyDomain
Active Directory Domain Controller Name: <Domain Controller name>
Administrator Username: Administrator
Administrator Password: <domain administrator password>
WINS Server IP Address: <usually your DC>

I hope this helps.
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Ok, I received the following Error:
Failed to join Active Directory Domain.
Please confirm the Active Directory Domain setting information, Administrator user name and password.

Active Directory Domain Name (NetBIOS Name) : The Company Domain Name
Active Directory Domain Name (DNS/Realm Name): The Company Domain Name
Active Directory Domain Controller Name: Name of the Domain Controller
Then I input the Administrator Username and Password
WINS Server IP Address: I put in the Domain Controllers IP Address.
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When I hit apply I get an initial error of the following:

Failed to resolve the DNS Name set as the Active Directory Domain Name (DNS name)
Please confirm that an appropriate DNS server address has been set.
Please check the DNS server address under Network - IP Address.

Do you wish to continue to join the Active Directory Domain as is?

I'm choosing OK and then I get the next Error.  
Failed to join Active Directory Domain.
Please confirm the Active Directory Domain setting information, Administrator user name and password.

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What do you have for your IP addressing on the Linkstation NAS? Make sure your DNS server is the correct IP.
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Ok, I went into Networking > IP Settings and Disabled Automatic via DHCP. I then input everything the same way I'd input a Workstation that wasn't joining DHCP.

I then went back and entered everything the same as above.  I didn't receive the DNS Error this time but I did receive the Failed to join Active Directory Domain.
Please confirm the Active Directory Domain setting information, Administrator user name and password.
Error.

Any Suggestions?
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Ok, I tried this, this morning. Instead of plugging the NAS into the switch where all of the Servers are plugged into, I plugged the NAS into the Switch where the Workstations are connected.

Now, how do I locate the NAS to set it up for AD Connection?

OR, should I change it back the way I had it?
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It should not matter what switch you plug it into.

You were on the right screen before. I don't understand why it's not working though. You may have to call their tech support people, because what you did before should have worked..

TECHNICAL SUPPORT
North American Technical Support by phone is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (USA
and Canada).
Toll-free: (866) 752-6210 | Email: info@buffalotech.com
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Ok, Thank you NA for your help, I'll take it from here.

Thank you again for your help.
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Just to add a comment.  After spending literally hours and hours on this, trying dozens of different suggestions from a variety of online suggestions and resources, it came down to this:

SPECIAL CHARACTERS in the NT Password account!!!

If you have any characters outside of the alpha-numeric set, it will NOT work!

I tried everything else:
- Confirming NTP and time settings
- Adding the NAS as a pre-Windows 2000 machine
- Verifying forward and reverse DNS lookup entries
- Setting up WINS on the DC
- Verifying and triple-checking every IP and domain setting
- Verifying the DNS/Realm name
- Changing the Default Domain Policy setting in Group Policy Management (ie "Default Domain Policy/Computer Configuration/Windows Settings/Security Settings/Security Options/Network Security: LAN manager Authentication Level/Send LM & NTLM - use NTLMv2 session security if negotiated")
- Sacrificing small animals under a full moon  (kidding on that last one)

And it all came down to that the password for the administrator account used for this NAS used dollar signs ("$") in place of the letter "s" for complexity.

So evidently, even though all of the documentation from Buffalo saids they support special character, they DON'T!!!!

So for anyone who finds this in the future, you may have to do all of those other things I listed, but for goodness sakes, start with an alpha-num password first!!!
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