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Tutorial: Connecting Content-Creation Workgroups with the ProMAX Platform Portable Y

Whether you need to connect multiple workstations together with shared storage or multiple storage devices to a single workstation, the ProMAX Platform Portable series has you covered.

Configuring the ProMAX Platform

The first step in configuring the ProMAX platform is to navigate to platform1.Local. Once you're there, you need to install the ProMAX Platform Listener (Figure 4, below). This is available for Windows and Mac.

Figure 4. Installing the Platform Client. Click the image to see it at full size.

The Listener is what allows you to interact with the Platform and to mount the drives locally on your computer or workstation. Just follow the series of prompts and accept all of the permissions. Once the installation is complete, you'll see a red icon in the bottom-right corner of your screen (Figure 5, below). That means that the listener client has been installed and then once you log in, it will connect.

Figure 5. The red icon indicates that installation is complete.

Next, go to platform1.local again. The default password in your manual is admin and ProMAX 1, 2, 3 with a capital P (Figure 6, below).

Figure 6. Logging in

Locating Your Devices

Once you're logged in, you can see all of the connected devices that are called storage groups. As you can see in Figure 7 (below), Archive 16 and 18 are my external USB devices, and Storage Group is the internal SSD.

Figure 7. Connected Devices shown in Storage Groups. Click the image to see it at full size.

Under Platform Spaces, I can see tabs for each of my connected devices, as well as the internal SSD (Figure 8, below). Currently, they're dismounted. When I mount the individual Platform Spaces, they connect to my local network and I can open these folders and navigate as if they were locally mounted hard drives on my computer.

Figure 8. Platform Spaces. Click the image to see it at full size.

Adding Users

That's the start of getting the ProMAX Platform set up. Next I’ll add an additional user. I'll add Shawn, and enter in my password (Figure 9, below). Doing so allows me to share this content and these mounted drives with other users on the network who aren't at this particular workstation.

Figure 9. Adding a new user

You can assign permissions based on users (Figure 10, below). There are a lot of powerful controls available.

Figure 10. Assigning permissions to users in the Permissions tab. Click the image to see it at full size.

You can view all of the different connections in the Connections tab (Figure 11, below). We're connecting via the Internet connection but there are, as I mentioned before, additional network cards on the platform itself and you can directly connect to your individual workstations.

Figure 11. The Connections tab. Click the image to see it at full size.

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