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NAS for 'Dummies'
04-08-2018, 15:47
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NAS for 'Dummies'
I have been using a QNAP 210 NAS for a while. This device seems to exist primarily as a vehicle for receiving firmware and other updates. Today, I have been compelled to update the firmware again because of an odd issue - I'm getting a message telling me that the licence for MinimServer expired on 30 June 2018. Any attempt to do anything about this led to the machine saying it needed to be shut down and rebooted.

So I set off on this tedious process .... It has just finished updating the firmware (which took another age) and now it needs to reboot again! In the meantime I am getting older and older. And I don't yet know if this will fix the issue.

It occurred to me that I have had the 210 for ~4 years. I wondered what was now considered 'state of the art' in terms of storage. My NAS does need to sit in my living room, so it needs to be fanless (hence the 210). But other than that I'll consider almost anything. My music library takes up the best part of 1.6TB.

It would be nice to have a device on which the MinimServer updates can happen all by themselves - without giving me the opportunity to mess things up.

Any suggestions?
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04-08-2018, 16:58
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RE: NAS for 'Dummies'
MinimStreamer 0.7.6 expired on 30 June 2018. The solution is to install MinimStreamer 0.7.7. This update should be installed automatically by MinimServer's auto-update facility when you restart MinimServer, unless you have disabled auto-update.

The current QNAP silent NAS solution is the HS-251+. I have one of these and I am very pleased with it. It is silent and has a much faster processor than the HS-210.

The QNAP App Center has a setting to install updates automatically when they become available. I haven't used this myself. This should take care of MinimServer version updates (for example, MinimServer 0.8.4 to MinimServer 0.8.5) but would not be able to update MinimStreamer because this isn't an App Center package. MinimStreamer updates and MinimServer updates within a version (for example, update 122 to update 123) are installed by the MinimServer auto-update facility.

The MinimServer auto-update facility checks for updates only when MinimServer is started. On a NAS, MinimServer might run for several weeks or months without beng restarted. To solve this, there is a mechanism in MinimWatch to check for updates when MinimWatch is either restarted or rediscovers MinimServer and prompt the user to install any pending updates.
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05-08-2018, 00:39
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RE: NAS for 'Dummies'
Thanks Simon. It all eventually started working again. The issue arose when I Rescanned after I added some new music. I had added some music to the library not that long ago (certainly after 30 June) and I don't know why the 'old' version Rescanned with no problem.

The options for updating automatically seem to be either to send a notification, or update all. Since I don't use any of the apps (except for MinimServer, MinimStreamer and the required Java), I won't set it up for automatic updates (as these seem so frequent). I'll just keep an eye out for new MinimServer updates as and when. Thanks anyway for the advice.

Do you happen to know what is the largest size drive I can put in the 251+? I believe I'm limited to 2TB in the 210 (although I could be wrong about that).

Steve
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05-08-2018, 08:01
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RE: NAS for 'Dummies'
(05-08-2018 00:39)gnomus Wrote:  Thanks Simon. It all eventually started working again. The issue arose when I Rescanned after I added some new music. I had added some music to the library not that long ago (certainly after 30 June) and I don't know why the 'old' version Rescanned with no problem.

The options for updating automatically seem to be either to send a notification, or update all. Since I don't use any of the apps (except for MinimServer, MinimStreamer and the required Java), I won't set it up for automatic updates (as these seem so frequent). I'll just keep an eye out for new MinimServer updates as and when. Thanks anyway for the advice.

Do you happen to know what is the largest size drive I can put in the 251+? I believe I'm limited to 2TB in the 210 (although I could be wrong about that).

Steve

I have a 251 also. There is no drive size limit that I am aware of. If there were, there are expansion enclosures available. One thing that you may need be aware of is that the memory module is not swappable so can't be enlarged. It only has 2GB, enough for most uses though (even Roon, just about).

https://www.qnap.com/en-uk/product/hs-251+
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05-08-2018, 08:57
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RE: NAS for 'Dummies'
(05-08-2018 00:39)gnomus Wrote:  Thanks Simon. It all eventually started working again. The issue arose when I Rescanned after I added some new music. I had added some music to the library not that long ago (certainly after 30 June) and I don't know why the 'old' version Rescanned with no problem.

The MinimStreamer expiry check gives a month's grace period after the expiry date. A rescan wouldn't trigger automatic updating of MinimStreamer. If this happens again, the solution is to use MinimWatch to update MinimStreamer.
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