Iomega Storecentre IX2-200 – enable SSH access (how to guide)

If you were wondering how to enable SSH access on your shinny new Iomega Storecentre IX2-200, despite the limited amount of information available online explaining how to do this (& a few misleading websites that go through an unnecessary process of removing the drive & attaching it to a computer to edit the files to gain SSH access) it’s actually quiet easy by following these simple steps:

1. First login to the IX2-200 via the normal admin page.
2. Next browse to https://The_NAS_IP/support.html
3. Click “Support Access”
4. Check the box next to “Allow remote access for support (SSH and SFTP)”

IX2-200 Enable SSH

IX2-200 Enable SSH

Now you have enabled SSH you can connect via SSH. You’ll need to use user “root”, if you use Linux already you’ll be thinking 😉

The password for “root” is soho and your normal admin user password for the web interface. So for example if your password is “Vigus1” then the root password will be “sohoVigus1”

Now remember while your enjoying your SSH access, support mode is still enabled. To continue enjoying SSH access with support mode switched off you will need to make a few more changes:

1. SSH to your IX2-200 and type the following to change the write permissions on the file sshd (start script for the ssh daemon):
cd /etc/init.d/
chmod u+w sshd
pico sshd

2. Next we need to make some changes to the sshd file:
vi sshd

3. Remove the four # (comments) from the following lines:
Note: If this is the first time you’ve used vi before just be careful (cheat sheet here), use the arrow keys to scroll around, use x to delete the character to the right of the curser & this sequence to exit saving changes:

return key 


start() {
        echo -n "Starting sshd: "
        # /usr/sbin/sshd
        # touch /var/lock/sshd
        echo "OK"
stop() {
        echo -n "Stopping sshd: "
        # killall       sshd
        # rm -f /var/lock/sshd
        echo "OK"


start() {
        echo -n "Starting sshd: "
         touch /var/lock/sshd
        echo "OK"
stop() {
        echo -n "Stopping sshd: "
         killall       sshd
         rm -f /var/lock/sshd
        echo "OK"

Now go back into the web interface and disable the support mode. SSH should start automatically each time the NAS starts up. To test reboot your NAS via the power button or if you still have SSH open use the Debian (yes Debian, thats what it runs!) reboot command:

shutdown -r now

Now crack open a can of Stongbow as its your Bowtime! 🙂

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Jason Vigus

7 thoughts on “Iomega Storecentre IX2-200 – enable SSH access (how to guide)

  1. charming!
    however, is is working only as root. do you know if it is possible to disable GSSAPIAuthentication without messing everything? will it allow me to log as a limited user or there is another solution for that?


  2. The https://NASip/support.html no longer works (404 Page not found).

    I have the StorCenter ix2-200 Cloud Edition fw version
    It used to work, but since I upgraded the firmware, the device appears to have reduced functionality and I can only use the web interface with IE (Chrome, Firefox, etc. do not work with this firmware version).

    BEWARE: Do not upgrade the firmware on this NAS drive unless you want it crippled.

  3. I have made this command line program that allow to Shutdown, Restart, and get information about the Iomega NAS without the need of dealing with enable.
    Hope you find it useful.

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