If you are looking to use a Network Attached Storage solution, look no further than XigmaNAS. Learn how to activate and run it.
Your business continues to grow. To meet the ever-increasing needs, you must use more and more technology. In this first cloud-based landscape world, it’s easy to forget about true and tried Network Attached Storage (NAS). But, you don’t have to turn around on technology that has stood the test of time and presents files in a place like whiz.
When you are considering using NAS, you should switch to open source. Why? Most NAS devices that you buy use open source to get the job done, so why not cut out the middleman, save money, and use your NAS with the help of XigmaNAS?
XigmaNAS is an open source storage solution that can be installed on almost any hardware or platform (bare metal or virtual). XigmaNAS offers features such as:
- OpenZFS support
- Software RAID 1,2,5 and mixed (like 1 + 0,1 + 1)
- UFS, Ext2 / 3, FAT, exFAT (read only), and NTFS support
- SMB / CIFS
- FTP / TFTP
- Wake on Lan
- Bridging the network
- Real time statistics
- Email Alert
XigmaNAS might be the ideal solution for anyone who wants to add to their local storage options. I will guide you on running XigmaNAS up and running.
What do you need
XigmaNAS is not the software you installed; this is a complete Linux distribution that you install on bare metal or as a virtual machine (VM). How you spread it is up to you.
I will show the installation process via the VirtualBox VM. I will not guide you through the process of creating a VM, because it’s a fairly simple process. Just remember: If you choose to go the virtual route, you want to make sure you give it plenty of drive space or can create a new drive to add later.
Download the latest stable version of XigmaNAS from Sourceforge. After you download the ISO, create your virtual machine, or burn the ISO to a USB drive (with a tool like Unetbootin), and boot the machine from the attached drive.
How to configure XigmaNAS
When the boot process is complete, you will find yourself in the console menu (Figure A).
XigmaNAS console menu, ready for your configuration.
At this point, you can simply point the browser to the IP address displayed on the console. The problem with that is that XigmaNAS has configured that address via DHCP and you certainly don’t want to leave your NAS without a static IP address.
To configure a static IP, type 2 and then, when prompted, use your cursor keys to select No (Figure B).
Opt for a static IP address on XigmaNAS.
In the next window, type the IP address that you want to use for XigmaNAS (Figure C).
Configure a static IP address for XigmaNAS.
After you type the address, press Enter on your keyboard to save changes.
Next, you need to enter a new LAN subnet mask (Figure D). The configuration tool will default to 255.255.255.0 (aka 24). If it’s OK for your network, press Enter on your keyboard.
Configure the subnet mask for XigmaNAS.
In the next window, you must configure the default gateway (Figure E). Type the gateway address and press Enter on your keyboard.
Add a default gateway for XigmaNAS.
In the resulting window, type the primary DNS address and press Enter on your keyboard (Figure F).
Add DNS to the XigmaNAS configuration.
You will then be asked if you want to configure IPv6 for the interface (Figure G). If your network requires IPv6, select Yes and complete the configuration, if not, accept the default by pressing Enter on your keyboard.
For IPv6 or not to IPv6 is the question faced.
You will then be presented with an IP address from which you will access your XigmaNAS device. Point the browser to that address and you will be asked to enter your default login credentials (admin / xigmanas).
How to change the default password
The first thing you must do, after running and running XigmaNAS, is to change the default password. To do this, click System | Common in the main window (Figure H).
System menu from the XigmaNAS main window.
In the resulting window, type the current password (xigmasnas) and then type / retype the new admin password (safe and unique) (Figure I).
Change the XigmaNAS default admin password.
After typing and verifying a new password, click Save and you are ready to start configuring XigmaNAS to work for your company.
And that’s all there is to getting XigmaNAS and running to the point where you can reliably access the user interface. Next time, we will discuss how to add disks and mounting points to this open source NAS solution.