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Western Digital My Cloud EX2 - Redundant Cloud Storage on a Smaller Scale

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Western Digital

Dashboard and Apps

Dashboard:

Exploring the configuration options further, we see plenty of options and features. So many in fact that it's probably best to just walk you through a slideshow of notable highlights:

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Shares can be added and removed easily. Pictured are the defaults that appear with all current apps installed. The TimeMachineBackup share is configured out of the box, with no tweaking needed.

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Backups configuration is flexible, and can go to a number of places. Internal backups are convenient for when a duplicate copy of a folder is warranted, however users will typically backup to external or cloud based solutions. For those, choices are a connected USB device, network shares, as well as ElephantDrive and Amazon S3 for Cloud options. WD will likely add more Cloud options in the future via firmware updates.

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Storage options are plentiful, with the ability to change RAID modes on the fly, view the status of all disks (including S.M.A.R.T. data), create iSCSI target volumes, and even volume virtualization, which lets the EX2 map other iSCSI targets from within the network. Those mapped targets will then appear under the EX2 as additional shares. This may come in handy for consolidating all iSCSI targets under a single device. An added benefit is that those shares will then be available while away from home via the My Cloud software solution.

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The settings group shows a very granular set of configuration options. Various built-in services can be enabled or disabled, ISO shares can be created, DLNA and iTunes media servers can be configured, and disk / array scans and formats can be initiated. The EX2 is also capable of sending notification emails at varying levels of verbosity, if so configured.

Here's a look at the network configuration screen:

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Apps:

Currently, the list of available apps for the EX4 is small, but WD expects that number to grow as demand increases. Shown below are the defaults that come installed on the EX2:

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More detail on the available apps and capabilities are available at this link, and pictured below for your convenience:

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March 4, 2014 | 12:19 PM - Posted by djskinnyb

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March 4, 2014 | 07:02 PM - Posted by Travelgerman (not verified)

Check out TigerDirect.com. Their prices are exactly as mentioned here.

March 5, 2014 | 05:20 PM - Posted by tbmags (not verified)

Can the files be accessed from a Windows PC through Explorer or only through the My Cloud Desktop Application. Also, can the files be accessed from the MS Office applications; Word and Excel?

June 25, 2014 | 04:56 PM - Posted by Allyn Malventano

Explorer. It appears as a standard NAS device.

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