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Network Storage

OakHost offers affordable network storage for their customers for various different use cases. For example, network storage is a great way to automatically backup all critical data. That way, hardware, software or user error can easily be mitigated, as all backup is stored externally in a secure environment.

About OakHost Network Storage#

Network Storage can be ordered as an add-on for server subscriptions and comes in various different storage tiers. It can be accessed via the SMB protocol, which is supported as the preferred network storage protocol by macOS by default.

For security reasons, external access to the SMB network storage is not permitted. Only customers of OakHost will have access to their storage product through their internal network. External access is blocked by our firewall.

Each network storage product comes with its own username and password, so only you have access to it. If you have multiple servers at OakHost, all servers can access the network storage, to enable easy file sharing between devices.

Configuring Network Storage#

Setting up your network storage is quite straight-forward. Choose your operating system and follow these steps to get it up and running.

Connecting from macOS#

  1. Make sure you have purchased a Network Storage plan from OakHost. You can access the credentials in the Customer Panel.
  2. Open Finder, and select from the top menu Go => Connect to Server...
  3. Enter the share URL provided to you by the Customer Panel using the following format:
  4. Click Connect and enter the network share password, as seen in the Customer Panel. If you like, you can check the Remember this password in my keychain option for easy access.
  5. You're done. Your network share should appear on the Finder sidebar under Locations for you to use.

For easier access, you can create a sub-folder in your network share and drag it to your Finder Favorites. That way, reconnecting to your share is as simple as clicking a button. Note however, that adding the share folder directly is not possible.

Setting up Time Machine Backups#

If you would like to set up automatic Time Machine Backups to your Network Storage, first follow the above steps to connect to your share.

  1. Once connected to the share, open System Settings, select Time Machine and click on Select Disk....
  2. Your Network Storage should appear in the list. Just select it and confirm. Your initial backup will start soon.
  3. Optionally, you can enable automatic backups by selecting Back Up Automatically.

Connecting from Linux (Ubuntu)#

To connect to your Network Share from the Linux command line, you can easily mount the SMB share by following these steps:

  1. Make sure you have purchased a Network Storage plan from OakHost. You can access the credentials in the Customer Panel.
  2. Create an empty folder on your system. This will be the place your Network Storage will be mounted and can be anywhere you want. For example:
sudo mkdir /mnt/my_share
  1. Now, mount your network share by running the following command. You will then be asked for your password:
sudo mount -t cifs -o user=your_user // /mnt/my_share
  1. Done. Your share should now be available at /mnt/my_share. You can run mount without any parameters to verify.