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QNAP QTS 4.1 SMB Storage Manager Deep Dive - QTS 4.1 SMB Storage Manager

QNAP QTS 4.1 SMB Storage Manager Deep Dive
QNAP's new Storage Manager for SMB products brings powerful SAN features to low-cost, business specific NAS products. Let's take a close look.
| Software in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jan 10, 2014 3:01 am

QTS 4.1 Update


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The short list shown above has four new items added to the Storage Manager. QNAP's website has a longer list that shows the bug fixes since QTS 4.0. For our reviews, SMB 3 is of interest, since it adds SMB Direct Protocol, and SMB Multichannel for improved performance, especially in virtualized environments. Microsoft added SMB 3 to Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012.



Building a Pool in QTS 4.1


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Here, we have a fresh install of QTS 4.1 on a TS-EC-1279U-RP. The software prompts you to where to start, with a highlight next to the New Volume button.


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The quick option takes control, and makes a pool in just a few clicks. We're taking the path less traveled by going custom.


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We installed a couple of drives to make a pool, and an SSD to add cache later in this article. We've selected RAID 1 with a pair of drives.


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With QTS 4, we can use thin provisioning on the array. We can also set an alert level that tells us when we've stored enough data to trip the user defined alarm. At this stage, we can also make a shared folder. This saves us from navigating to the shared folder page.


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The final step is just a confirmation page that shows our settings.


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Finally, the system takes us back to the storage manager where we watch the creation of the pool.


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Once finished, we have a working storage pool.

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