Openmediavault (OMV) is a Debian based headless operating system (more info) while Mybook Live (review)is a network attached storage device. I have been using both for a while now and I did ran into few problems with Mybook Live but it was all because of me (experimenting lot of things in it). The interesting fact about Mybook Live is it runs a strip down version of Debian lenny and I thought I would play around with it and tried to upgrade it to Debian squeeze but I fall really badly so had to restore everything manually (had to open it physically – that voids manufacture warranty ).
Anyway long story short don’t play around with Mybook Live Debian cause its a customised Debian and things might not work as it suppose to. But if you have too, 😀 then you can go to mybookworld.wikidot.com. They have lot of tricks / hacks there.
Back to topic, When you first attach Mybook Live to network it will assign itself as the first IP address that you have in your Ip range.
The work around for this is to assign Static IP for Mybook Live later in its settings. The good things about Mybook Live is it has its own web management system where you can change it easily.
When you first type IP for Mybook Live, it will give you this web interface (see image 1.1). Its very simple and easy to use interface.
Now next step that we need to do is create a user and share folder. By default Mybook has an admin as user and Public as a share folder with can be access by anyone in network (Mac/Windows/Linux).
We can add users and give a password in user section and create share folder in share section. For this demonstration I be using “admin” as user with an assign password and create a share folder call “mybook”
Next thing we need to do is setup this share folder to automatically mount in OMV.
First ssh into OMV and install cifs-utils, we will be using this to mount share folder.
Then create a mount point. In my case I will create a folder called mybooklive in /media folder
Now before we mount share drive we will create a folder where we can safely keep password file.
Then create a file called cifspw and enter user name and password of share folder
Now we need to add this share folder to /etc/fstab where system will automatically load drives and share folder when it reboots
Then add this line at the button, Don’t forget to change your Mybook Live IP
Now it should mount mybook share folder in /media/mybooklive 🙂