The FS8600 NAS appliance provides a number of management interfaces. The two main interfaces are Enterprise Manager, a graphical interface, and CLI, a command line interface. Both of these interfaces are useful for ad hoc changes.

Some administration tasks need to be performed at regular intervals, or on demand, without requiring interaction with the FluidFS administrator. Some example of such tasks are: creating NAS volumes, creating file shares, creating quotas, or generating reporting data such as a list of volumes with their current sizes. For these cases, scripting can be useful.

This guide will demonstrate how to automate FluidFS management via scripting.