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A Deep Dive Into QNAP NAS Software - Disk Management

By: Chris Ramseyer | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Mar 15, 2010 1:55 pm
Manufacturer: QNAP

Disk Management


Following closely behind Network Management, Disk Management; how to setup your drive arrays is quite important.




In the overview of the Disk Management area we have quick links to the settings found here.




Volume Management is where you start building your drive arrays that will later store your data.




Setting up your array is quite easy. Simply select the number of drives you would like to have in the array, then the RAID level and finish with the file system you would like to use. We have already found that EXT4 can have a write cache feature enabled in the Hardware Settings page and EXT4 is the default file system. Hit create and your array starts building. You can setup more than one array also.




The RAID Management tab allows us to view the status of our array as well as go in and change our settings. There is a special hyperlink at the bottom of this area that will give you detailed information on what each function does.




QNAP NAS servers are able to read SMART information from your hard drives, making it easy to find issues before there is a failure.




If you set your arrays up for encryption you can view the state of the array in the Encryption area.




Last year iSCSI took the market by storm and QNAP was one of the first companies to get onboard at the lower price levels. Here we see the page that enables and configures the initial settings.




Some of the other NAS manufacturer's iSCSI setup procedures can be confusing, but QNAP has taken the process and simplified it so anyone can setup and use this feature.




The iSCSI policy management is also a breeze to setup.




If needed, you can setup virtual disks on QNAP NAS servers.


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