Drobo is designed from the ground up to be simple, hands-off storage. When it comes to configuration and management of the device, asking our customers to remember IP addresses, hostnames, or web URLs didn’t fit our objectives. While the light-based alerting system on the front panel allows for nearly all operations to be performed without the need to launch the Drobo Dashboard, there are some initial configuration tasks that must be performed with this tool.
After installing and launching the Drobo Dashboard on a Windows or OSX system, it will automatically detect all direct attached, network-attached, and iSCSI Drobos available to manage. All Drobos deployed in the environment can be managed and monitored from this single interface. For new deployments, the Dashboard is used to set IP address information, single- or dual-disk redundancy, and optional alerting via email. The Drobo automatically provides visual alerts, and pop-up alerts are sent to all hosts with the Drobo Dashboard installed.
Once configured, the Dashboard is used to create volumes and map them to the host. Since the Dashboard is the universal administration utility for all Drobos, volumes (or shares) are automatically formatted and mapped to the host computer in just a few clicks, no matter the interface type. There is no need to remember network share paths, configure iSCSI initiators, or use operating system partitioning, or formatting tools. On Windows or OSX systems, the Drobo Dashboard handles all of these tasks. For customers with more advanced IT knowledge or requirements, you still have the freedom to manually configure or map volumes.