This guide provides the essential steps for setting up ExtremeZ-IP. For detailed File and Print Server configuration instructions, see this page.
If you are installing on a cluster, please refer to the post-installation steps in the manual.
Before You Begin
Verify your server meets the requirements for ExtremeZ-IP. It is recommended you quit any running programs, including the Services control panel, before starting the installation.
ExtremeZ-IP System Requirements
The following are the minimum system requirements for ExtremeZ-IP File and Print Server. The recommended system requirements for a particular implementation or application can vary so please consult with the ExtremeZ-IP support team (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions or need assistance.
- Windows Server Platforms: 2008, 2003, Windows Storage Server, Windows Powered NAS
- Windows Professional Platforms: Windows 7, Vista, XP Pro, XP Embedded
- Minimum Hardware Recommendation:
- Processor: Pentium IV
- Memory: 1 GB
To install ExtremeZ-IP you must log in to Windows with Administrator privileges. If you have a previous version of ExtremeZ-IP installed, it will be upgraded to the new version. Don’t worry, any existing settings will be retained.
Run the ExtremeZ-IP Installer.
To install ExtremeZ-IP you must log in to Windows with Administrator privileges.
- Click Next to begin the installation.
- Accept the Software License Agreement and click Next.
- Click Next to accept the default Destination Folder.
Click Install to begin installation.
If you have a previous version of ExtremeZ-IP installed, it will be upgraded to the new version. Don’t worry, any existing settings will be retained.
- Click Finish to close the completed installer and automatically launch the ExtremeZ-IP Administrator.
First Run / Installing Your License
- When first run, ExtremeZ-IP will ask if you would like to enable the Print Server, choose Yes or No.
- New ExtremeZ-IP installations default to Trial mode. If you have an ExtremeZ-IP serial number, click Licensing and then click Add License to add your serial number.
- If you upgraded a previous version of ExtremeZ-IP, it will continue to use your existing serial number.
Configuring Your First Shared Volume
1. Launch ExtremeZ-IP Administrator.
- Suspend File Sharing - Disconnect all clients and prevent new connections to the server.
- Suspend Print Sharing - Disconnect all the printers and prevent new connections to them.
- Users - Display a list of the connected users.
- Volumes - Create or configure shared volumes.
- Print Queues - Create or administer Print Queues.
- Files - Display currently open files used by Macintosh clients.
- Settings - Edit ExtremeZ-IP settings.
- Log - View ExtremeZ-IP related events from the Windows Event Viewer.
The first time the ExtremeZ-IP Administrator is opened, it will prompt you to create shared volumes or migrate your existing SFM and SMB shares to ExtremeZ-IP. This can also be done any time from within the Volumes window.
2. Click Volumes. The Volumes window will appear.
- Create - Create a new shared volume from a folder.
- Suspend - Take a volume temporarily offline so that clients cannot connect to it.
- Show in Explorer - Open the parent folder of the volume in Windows Explorer.
- Migrate SFM Shares - Migrate volumes that were originally created in Microsoft Services for Macintosh (SFM) to ExtremeZ-IP volumes.
- Migrate SMB Shares - Reshare all folders shared with Windows file sharing (SMB) with ExtremeZ-IP as well.
3. Click Create to create a new volume. The Volume Properties windows appears.
- Volume is read-only - Prevent writing to the volume.
- Use volume as home directory - Filter out all directories except for a user’s home directory.
- Reset permissions on move - Resets the permissions on moved files and folders to inherit from the destination folder.
- Enforce Filename Policy - Enforces the filename policies that are defined in the global settings.
- Volume supports ACLs - ACL support allows Mac OS X 10.4 and later clients to use Windows Access Control Lists.
- Path - Choose path of the folder to share.
- Reindex - Create a file name index that speeds up searches.
- Support Spotlight Searching - Enable Spotlight searching of file attributes and content.
- Support Time Machine backup - Advertises the volume to Time Machine clients.
4. Browse the path of the folder you want to share.
The use of removable devices as volumes is not supported. (e.g.: Flash drives, USB drives, etc.)
5. Click OK to share the volume with ExtremeZ-IP.
Configuring Your First Shared Print Queue
1. Click Print Queues in the Administrator main window. The Print Queues window will appear.
- Create - Create print queues. Open a window with a list of the pending jobs that allows you to start, stop, or reorder the print jobs.
- Suspend Processing - When a queue is suspended jobs are accepted by the server however they are not sent to the printer until processing is resumed.
- View Jobs in Queue - Open a window with a list of the pending jobs that allows you to start, stop, or reorder the print jobs.
- Replicate Windows Print Queues - Takes the existing Windows print queues and republishes them as ExtremeZ-IP queues.
2. Click Create to create a new Print Queue.
3. Enter a Name for the Print Queue.
4. Select a Processing method and enter the information required for the selected
5. Click OK.
- Name - The name that you will see when you print from a Macintosh. Where ExtremeZ-IP will send the jobs after they are received.
- Publish queue - Whether the print queue should be discoverable by clients.
- Processing - Where ExtremeZ-IP will send the jobs after they are received.
- File - The PPD to be used by clients when printing to this queue.
- Print Accounting - Require the Macintosh client to supply job tracking information every time they print to this queue (refer to the ExtremeZ-IP manual for additional configuration).
The ExtremeZ-IP server is set up and Macintosh clients can connect to the volume and printer you configured.
The Optional ExtremeZ-IP Zidget™
If you would like to your Mac users to be able to take advantage of the optional ExtremeZ-IP Zidget™, you may need to add a DNS entry for ExtremeZIPServerList.yourdomain.com that points to the ExtremeZ-IP server. More detailed instructions can be found in the manual.
Your users will then be able to install the Zidget from http://ExtremeZIPServerList:8081 to browse for printers and file servers through this simple Dashboard widget.
Please refer to the other articles for more information about how to configure additional features such as:
File Name Policies – Policy enforcement keeps files that break naming policies out of important workflows, delivers improved compatibility between Macs, Windows and other platforms all without Administrator intervention.
DFS Support – ExtremeZ-IP can be configured to make a Microsoft Distributed File System (DFS) available to Mac OS X 10.4 or later clients.
Network Spotlight – Use the Mac’s Spotlight search to deliver nearly instant full-content file search results.
ShadowConnect – Mac users can access and restore previous versions of files and folders from Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service.
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