How to install OpenMediaVault: A solution for your NAS

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Linux is an open system is adaptable for many different things due to the availability of its source code. In addition, as it is a secure system, everything will go well with the data. for this reason is that many NAS devices use it as a system. Today in this article I will show you how to install OpenMediaVault for your NAS.

First of all, it is convenient to say that NAS is a technology for connecting a server with TCP protocol to store files and share them on a network. A major benefit of NAS is its ability to provide multiple clients on the network with access to the same files. For example, it is used by many companies worldwide that need to have their files available anywhere.

OpenMediaVault is a network attached storage (NAS) solution based on Debian Linux. It contains services like SSH, (S)FTP, SMB/CIFS, DAAP media server, RSync, BitTorrent client and many more. It’s simple, out-of-the-box and extensible via plugins.

Let’s install it.

Requirements

The hardware requirements to install OpenMediaVault are very accessible as it is a Debian 9 based system. Generally, you need 1gb ram, at least 20gb of hard disk and a 64bits processor.

I will use VirtualBox for this tutorial, but the process is the same if you have real hardware.

Downloading OpenMediaVault

First, go to your download section and download the image.

1.- Downloading OpenMediaVault
1.- Downloading OpenMediaVault
2.- Downloading OpenMediaVault
2.- Downloading OpenMediaVault

If you use real hardware, you need to burn the image to a flash drive and make it bootable. For this I recommend etcher.

Install OpenMediaVault

Once you get the system started, you’ll see something like this.

3.- OpenMediaVault boot screen
3.- OpenMediaVault boot screen

Select the Install option. If you have installed Debian 9 you will find the process very similar.

First you’ll be asked what country you’re in.

4.- choosing the country where you are
4.- choosing the country where you are

Then, you will have to configure the Keymap of the keyboard. Choose yours.

5.- Keymap keyboard
5.- Keymap keyboard

At the end of the network configuration, you have enter the hostname of the computer.

6.- Entering the hostname
6.- Entering the hostname

Now it is the turn to place the domain name. If you don’t have one, then, leave it empty.

7.- Setting the domain name
7.- Setting the domain name

The next step is to define the root password.

8.- Setting the root password
8.- Setting the root password
9.- Setting the root password
9.- Setting the root password

Next, the installation wizard will configure the clock from the internet. However, you have also enter your time zone.

10.- Selecting the timezone
10.- Selecting the timezone

After, the system will start the OpenMediaVault installation.

11.- The wizard will install OpenMediaVault on your disk
11.- The wizard will install OpenMediaVault on your disk

Equally important that the system is the network mirror you have use of Debian. Remember that OpenMediaVault is based on Debian 9. Choose the mirror closest to you.

12.- Selecting the Debian Base mirror
12.- Selecting the Debian Base mirror

Then it will scan the base mirror.

13.- Scanning the mirror
13.- Scanning the mirror

In addition, at the time of installation, you must choose where to install the GRUB boot loader. In this case, /dev/sda.

14.- Installing GRUB
14.- Installing GRUB

If everything went well, you should see this message at the end.

15.- Installation complete
15.- Installation complete

Finally, reboot the system. When you start the system, you will see the following screen, informing the IP address to access the web panel and the credentials to access it.

16.- OpenMediaVault running
16.- OpenMediaVault running

Accessing to OpenMediaVault web interface

The installation has been successfully completed. Now start from another computer your favorite web browser, place the IP address of the NAS to access the OpenMediaVault web interface.

17.- Login Screen
17.- Login Screen

Enter the password that was previously given to you. And you will see the first screen of the system.

18.- OpenMediaVault web interface
18.- OpenMediaVault web interface

That’s it.

In conclusion, it is easily possible to say that the installation is simple and very suitable for fair hardware equipment.

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