Accessing the Buffalo Terastation from Vista
I was an early adopter of the Terastation when it was released a few years ago. The Terastation is a pretty typical (well, now pretty typical) SOHO-type NAS that is a fairly inexpensive solution to getting loads-o-disk space on your local network. It’s not screamingly fast, but it’s got loads of features including a good web interface, some basic security, gigabit networking, multiple RAID configurations for its four drives, including RAID 5 and a built in media server that works very well with Buffalo’s excellent LinkTheater media players.
Having all this happiness with the solution only made for that much more dismay when I discovered that Vista doesn’t play nicely with the Terastation. For the most part, machines running Vista can’t see what’s on shared folders hosted on the Buffalo NAS. Like most problems, though, I was able to find a resolution to this issue by searching the web. It’s always a good thing when you realize that no matter how much of an early adopter of technology you are, they is always someone who has blazed the trail ahead of you.
The bottom line is that Vista puts security in front of functionality and all you have to do to get the Terastation to work is mildly circumvent some of that protection. I found the very nicely described solution on the Scale|Free blog. It’s pretty easy to implement and I’m sure applies to other NAS solutions that may not have yet been updated to play nice with Vista.
- Run the Local Security Policy app – secpol.msc
- Go to Local Policies | Security Options and choose the “Network Security: LAN Manager Authentican Level” item
- Set it to “Send LM & NLTM, use NTMLv2 session if negotiated”
Basically, Vista is set up to use NTMLv2 only. All this change is doing is adding the old LM security protocol back into the mix while still using the newer protocol when it’s called for.
Works like a charm.