What are you doing with your Qnap?

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John C
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Re: What are you doing with your Qnap?

Post by John C » Tue Jun 28, 2016 3:24 am

No, this is a good thread. I can't use my QNAP for anything, because I found I don't understand anything. I bought the TS 251+ and now realize I am WAY out of my depth. I have resigned myself to being able to only do the most basic of things, but I may be failing even at that. So the question is: is there an absolute basic tutorial somewhere about the 251+, or maybe any other box, that tells me how to do things? I know you will all say "read the manuals", etc, but, honestly, they assume so much I can't get past page 1. I would appreciate any recommendations to a very basic start point.

Here's what I'm looking to do:
- I have 2 drives in it, RAID 1, know what that means, but I don't know what it implies I can or can't do. Right now, I can only access one. I assume that's because the other is making a direct copy automatically and I can't access it. I don't want that, but I WOULD like some automatic backups, and I'd like to create the folders myself, and then select certain ones for backup at regular intervals. I'd also like to backup my home server (hope I'm using the term in an understandable way - I mean my home "computer" that is connected to my router). I just read that I need to learn Linux to do that - is that true? I was referred to some software that will backup a virtual machine. I don't know what that means, I want to back up a REAL machine. See what you're dealing with here?
Please help. Just a link to an understandable tutorial? I can't use this apparently amazing device except as a remote hard drive. Is that all it is, basically?

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Re: What are you doing with your Qnap?

Post by dolbyman » Tue Jun 28, 2016 3:43 am

you are a bit off topic here asking questions

- I have 2 drives in it, RAID 1, know what that means, but I don't know what it implies I can or can't do. Right now, I can only access one. I assume that's because the other is making a direct copy automatically and I can't access it.


Please read up on RAID levels, it only shows you a(or several depending it is configured) RAID/storage volume, however that is build in the background is non transparent for the user (RAID 0,1,5,6,10), besides in the administration interface

I don't want that, but I WOULD like some automatic backups, and I'd like to create the folders myself, and then select certain ones for backup at regular intervals.


Check the QNAP manual for the shared folder creation, and choose an appropriate backup method for your environment (there plenty)

Also don't forget, if you use the QNAP as a primary storage for data, be sure to make backups of the QNAP (also described in the manual)

I want to back up a REAL machine. See what you're dealing with here?


No Virtualization or linux skills required , for instance google for "backup windows computer to network"
I can't use this apparently amazing device except as a remote hard drive.


Yes you can, check the manual , gives you multiple optionsto do that

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Re: What are you doing with your Qnap?

Post by John C » Tue Jun 28, 2016 7:58 am

Sorry, I didn't know what fora took questions and which ones did not - it wasn't obvious from the names.
Thank you for your time. I am sorry to have wasted it. I am encouraged that reading the manual should shed light on my issues. I'll have to give it another go. I read all about the wonderful options available with the 251, but I can't figure out how to engage them. I suppose I am too dim, but, as I say, I am WAAAAY out my depth with both the language in the manual, and interpreting what any of it means. Maybe it's NAS in general that I should start with. Thanks very much for the hint about backup. I find, on this topic at least, that I had overestimated the language. Basically, they all say "do a backup but select the network drive". That sounds easy enough. Could you advise which forum might be appropriate to ask how to get access to both my drives?

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Re: What are you doing with your Qnap?

Post by arisythila » Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:23 am

The only thing I do not use my QNAP system for is to make coffee... But yeah, I do anything and everything else with it. It's a great system!

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Re: What are you doing with your Qnap?

Post by goodelyfe » Thu Nov 24, 2016 1:58 am

The question for me should be what aren't I doing with my NAS. I dropped a couple grand on this badboy. Probably one of my better tech investments.

I use it for everything from local shares, various server apps: media streaming servers, personal clouds, NVR for security cams, DVR for TV, backup of my (and other's) machines as well as other devices, Big aggressive downloading (Transmission, HappyGet, pyload, qget, newsgroups, etc etc), Automation hub (even though it's not fully setup), custom PXE network boot server making repair/wiping/installing a new OS a f*cking breeze!!! Not to mention clients that are just able to boot from the network. And last but not least How could forget my beloved VPN and tunneling services: openVPN, shadowsocks, etc etc

I also dibble dabble in photography and cinematography with resolutions up to 4k, the storage is great!!!!!

I probably missed a few important ones as that's how integral and seamless they've become in my life!!

With all that said, I love my NAS but I think I'm out growing it. I been eyeballing one of those thunderbolt 3 ready i7s!!!

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Re: What are you doing with your Qnap?

Post by goodelyfe » Thu Nov 24, 2016 2:01 am

And the virtualization server!!! Yes please!!!

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Re: What are you doing with your Qnap?

Post by muddyman » Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:07 pm

I am wondering if i should place my qnap 419p as an target for my 300WM and give it 10 rounds with high expandable bullets. :evil:
I have more or less lost faith in the product.

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Re: What are you doing with your Qnap?

Post by dolbyman » Tue Nov 29, 2016 11:37 pm

shooting on your qnap is the solution?...murica?

what was the problem that can only be solved by destruction?

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Re: What are you doing with your Qnap?

Post by CylonCenturion » Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:26 am

muddyman wrote:I am wondering if i should place my qnap 419p as an target for my 300WM and give it 10 rounds with high expandable bullets. :evil:
I have more or less lost faith in the product.


How can i help you?

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Re: What are you doing with your Qnap?

Post by Hickory » Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:12 pm

I am trying to deploy a specific config to 20+ Qnaps: viewtopic.php?f=50&t=127835

Any help would be much appreciated! :)

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Re: What are you doing with your Qnap?

Post by Tentacruel » Fri Dec 16, 2016 8:12 pm

Started off using my QNAP as a basic NAS, one storage volume, few folders to dump my media and backup files. Then I started playing around with plex media server. I now have two plex servers, one on the QNAP for local plex and one in the cloud with the media folder mounted over NFS (over IPSec/GRE tunnel). This server is more powerful so it handles transcodes better (which I usually require when travelling and using hotel wifi).

I've now moved on to playing with containers, implementing bind with a webmin frontend in docker. Very fun :)

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Re: What are you doing with your Qnap?

Post by Vatoe » Sat Jan 21, 2017 9:27 am

I'll chime in here,

Time machine backup of 4 various Macs
Paragon Backup of intel windows 7 nuc machine
Repository for backup of work related databases running on the NUC.
kodi SQL database for 5 raspberry Pi kodi machines throughout the house
Download station
Target device for utorrent from one of the macs
Storage for streaming of media (tv, movies , music and photos) to all the kodi devices
Ubuntu via Linux station
Vpn client

To name a few Things I can think of.
Moved over from Synology (DS 1512+). This will be my backup server now.
1 x TVS-873, 8 GB ram (may upgrade this to 16), 2 x 500GB Crucial m.2 sata drives (trying as a raid 1 volume) and 8 x 4TB western digital red drives (Raid 6).

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Re: What are you doing with your Qnap?

Post by TECH1982 » Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:54 am

I'm probably the very few people who are not using NAS for anything but sharing folders/files and mapping volumes locally.. That's it...

I don't even forward ports on router due to my own security practices...so that limits me allot... But that's how i prefer it. :D
TS-451+

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Re: What are you doing with your Qnap?

Post by hovrak » Tue Mar 14, 2017 6:37 pm

TS-453A with TS-569 PRO for backups

Qsonarr+deluge(docker) with kodi, complete hands free media. (all other services disabled... no dlna, no transcoding)

various containers/vm's for development. gmail backup. file sync.

i like playing with other apps to see what they do how they work...

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Re: What are you doing with your Qnap?

Post by BenlyHar » Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:13 pm

using for online storage and streaming. Kodi installed. Thats all with me and my cousin who actually own this system. :DD

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