A step-by-step guide that helps you set up your NAS

Hardware Installation

Before beginning the installation process, here are a few things you will need:

* Complete drive compatibility list: 3.5-inch HDD, 2.5-inch HDD, and SSD. It is recommended to use 4 x SAS SSDs from slot #1 to #4 for installing the system OS, which can be configured and used as READ cache later, and use 3.5-inch NL-SAS drives from slot #5 to #16 for data storage. Please also refer to tutorial for more information about “Drive Installation”.

All set? Let's move onto the next step.

System Configuration

Setting up your NAS and installing the OS only takes a few simple steps

1. Download Qfinder Pro

Qfinder Pro is a utility which helps you to quickly find and access to your QNAP NAS in the local network. Simply install the Qfinder Pro on your computer, open it, and double-click on your NAS, and then you will be redirected to the initialization screen. Download the latest Qfinder Pro for your Windows, Mac or Linux here

2. Initialize your NAS System

  • STEP 1. You can either choose to perform a quick setup or a manual setup. In this example, we will show you how to set up your NAS manually.

  • STEP 2. Configure the name of your NAS, and change the password of the default administrator account (admin).

  • STEP 3. Set the date and time of your NAS.

  • STEP 4. Configure the network settings of each controller.
    Note: The IP address of SCA/ SCB here are used for management only, please help to configure your data LAN after completing NAS initialization.

  • STEP 5. Enable the file transfer protocols.

  • STEP 6. Check the status of the system disks. Note that you will only see the disks in slot #1 to #4 here which will be used to install the QES OS.

  • STEP 7. Confirm all the settings and click [Apply] to begin installation.

  • STEP 8. Your NAS is now being initialized, and this will take a few minutes.

3. Create the First Storage Pool

  • STEP 1. Once your NAS has been initialized, you may see a pop-up message such as the one below when you log into QES for the first time. It is because the system detects that you have installed additional disks in slot#5 to #16 which have not been initialized yet.

  • STEP 2. Go to [Storage Manager] > [Storage] > [Disks] page, you can see that there are several "RAW" drives (marked in light green). Before you can use them for creating a storage, you need to click [Initialize All Raw Disks].

  • STEP 3. Once all the drives show ready (marked in purple), then you can start using them.

  • STEP 4. To create your 1st storage pool, let's go to [Storage Space] on the left-hand side. Click [New Storage Pool] from the dropdown menu at the top right hand corner.

  • STEP 5. Choose the drives you wish to use in this storage pool, assign the storage pool to a controller, and select the RAID type.

  • STEP 6. Input [SSD over-provisioning] (this option is not available if you use HDDs to create Storage Pool) and [Pool over-provisioning], or leave the default settings, and click [Next].

  • STEP 7. Confirm all the settings and click [Create].

  • STEP 8. Upon finishing, a storage pool has been created and it is ready for use. Now you can create a new shared folder or an iSCSI LUN from the [Create] dropdown menu.

4. Check for Updates

After the system has been properly configured, it is important to keep your system up-to-date. You can simply log into QES, go to [Control Panel] > [Firmware Update], and manually click [Check for Update] to see if there's any new update for your NAS system. In addition, if live update is enabled, system admin will be notified everytime when logging into the QES web portal.

Note: QES supports optional rolling update of firmware, one system controller is still on service while another one updating firmware.

Online Resources

User Manual

Click here to view the user manual.

Application Notes

Click here to view the application notes.