In order to get up and running with one of the QNAP NAS units we first of all need to connect the power and network cables up. Once this is done, a web browsing is opened and we navigate to “start.qnap.com”. The above page loads up and this initialises the installation process with QTS.
The first step in the process is to choose a name for the server and set the administrator password. The admin credentials will supply the top-level of privileges so that you can configure the various options for network usage.
Other options need to be set which include the date/time and network/services protocols. Then we arrive at the above screen which assists with the setting up of the disk configuration. If you are planning to use more than one drive inside the NAS then you can apply a RAID array to form a backup strategy. In the above screenshot we chose to use RAID 1 so that all data is shadowed onto the secondary drive. Furthermore to this, encryption can be assigned to the drives to protect the theft of data.
If you need to gain access to the NAS but do not know the IP address, Qfinder can be installed; this application discovers any QNAP devices on the network and details some of the technical attributes – allowing you to obtain the correct IP address and thus gain access to the NAS.
The process of installing QTS on the NAS involves various configuration files being applied. The entire process doesn't take very long at all but this is obviously dependant on the size of the disks being used and the chosen backup configuration.