QNAP TS-219P II Review (Page 4 of 7)

Page 3 - Configuration and User Interface, Part I

There are five options under the Disk Management expanded menu. The screen shown above is the Volume Management screen. four icons are placed at the top with a brief description on each disk option: Single Disk, RAID 1 Mirroring Disk, RAID 0 Striping Disk, and JBOD Linear Disk. Beneath it is a table containing physical information on installed hard drives, as seen in the image above. The Logical Volumes section displays how the disks are configured, along with three options: Format Now, Check Now, and Remove Now. The QNAP TS-219P II features native support for the EXT4 file system, which we have configured our disks to run on. I have installed a single Western Digital Caviar Black AALS 500GB drive shown in the list above.

In the HDD SMART screen are five tabs for the user to easily work with their HDD SMART diagnostic data. Under the Summary tab displays the state of the drive (A big, green "Good" is what you should hope to see for the next little while haha), along with information such as hard disk model, capacity, temperature, test time, and test result on the side. The Hard Disk Information tab displays more detailed data, such as your drive's serial number and firmware version. The SMART Information tab provides a summary table on diagnostic results. The Test tab gives the user an option to run a Complete or Rapid test immediately; while the final tab, Settings, can activate or deactivate a temperature alarm, as well as automatic scheduling automatic SMART tests.

The iSCSI section has options for configuring iSCSI targets and LUN snapshots.

Under the Access Right Management folder tree are five options: Domain Security, Users, User Groups, Share Folders, and Quota. The Domain Security section provides different authentication options, including local user, active directory, and LDAP authentication. In the Users screen, a table lists all users in the system, as well as their respective independent disk quota and account options. You will also have the option to search, create, multiple create, and delete accounts here. Four icons represents four different account functions; of which they are Change Password, Edit Account, User Groups, and Private Network Share. The screen above is is the Share Folders screen, listing an array of folders on the system, similar to the table displayed for the Users screen. It also shows each folder's size, folders within, number of files, and if it is hidden in their respective column. Again, there are four management options for each folder: Properties, Access Control, NFS Access Control, WebDAV Access Control, Microsoft Networking Host Access Control, and Refresh. Pulling up the Properties menu gives you the option to set the folder's path (If you have multiple single disks installed, you can also set which drive it belongs to), hide or show the folder, as well as locking the file. You can also enable write-only accesses over FTP.

The Quota screen allows you to configure universal disk quotas. Individual disk quotas can be set in the Users section.

Next, you will see QNAP's TS-219P II web configuration menu tree is Network Services. Each item should be self explanatory -- most of them are just enable or disable the service, and configure a couple settings such as default port number. Particulars that are more interesting under Microsoft Networking, which you can configure it to be a standalone server, Microsoft AD Domain member, or LDAP Domain Authetication. Here you can configure its server description, workgroup, AD server name, domain name, domain username, and password. You can also enable WINS server, use specified WINS server, and enable it as a domain master.

Shown in the screenshot above is the Web Server configuration screen. You can enable or disable its HTTP server, set its default public port, enable/disable WebDAV, and turn on php.ini maintenance. In the Network Service Discovery function, there are two tabs: Enable/disable UPnP discovery service, and broadcasting services through Bonjour. These services include Web Administration, SAMBA, AFP, SSH, FTP, HTTPS, UPnP, and QMobile.

The Applications submenu is quite straightforward as well. Most of the listed sections, as you can see in our image above, are simply used to enable or disable their respective services. Features such as Download Station lets you torrent things through the QNAP TS-219P II, and Surveillance Station works in conjunction with compatible camera models. One to note in particular is the MySQL server -- the QNAP TS-219P II has built in PHP and MySQL support, as well as an option to install phpMyAdmin. This is covered in its subsequent section -- QPKG Plugins -- which lets you install packages premodified for you by QNAP to install on your NAS. This includes a few worthwhile mentions such as phpMyAdmin as aforementioned, as well as WordPress and Joomla. You can even get stuff like PS3 Media Serve and Twonkymedia 4 to handle all your media streaming needs.

New to the latest firmware update include Syslog, RADIUS, and TFTP servers; along with a built in antivirus for an extra touch on security. The RADIUS server is an integrated version of the open source FreeRADIUS software; while its antivirus feature runs off ClamAV, as shown in our screenshot above.

Page Index
1. Introduction and Specifications
2. A Closer Look - Hardware
3. Configuration and User Interface, Part I
4. Configuration and User Interface, Part II
5. Configuration and User Interface, Part III
6. Performance and Power Consumption
7. Final Thoughts and Conclusion