• GETTING STARTED WITH
    QNAP ES SERIES
    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:

  • Plan and choose the right drives
  • A Phillips head screwdriver
  • 2 network switches (for network failover)
  • Additional RAM modules if you plan to use de-duplication
* Complete drive compatibility list:  3.5" HDD, 2.5" 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" NL-SAS drives from slot #5 to #16 for data storage.



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 ( 2 ~ 6 static IP address is needed in ES NAS)

  • 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. Simply click [Yes] and you will be redirected to QES's Storage Manager.

  • STEP 2. In this example, you can see that there are several "RAW" drives (marked in BLUE). 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 light green), then you can start using them.

  • STEP 4. To create your 1st storage pool, let's go to [Storage Pool] 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. Confirm all the settings and click [Create]

  • STEP 7. 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, live update is enabled by default and 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 download the user manual.

Application Notes

Click here to view the application notes.