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Installation and Configuration Overview

The XigmaNAS operating system can best installed to at least one device that is separate from the storage disks. This device can be a USB stick, a compact flash, or SSD device. Technically, it can also be installed onto a hard drive, but this is discouraged as that drive will become unavailable for data storage.

XigmaNAS installation and configuration involve three steps, which are:

First, download the XigmaNAS LiveCD (ISO) and burn it to a CD-ROM, or download the LiveUSB and write it to a USB stick. The LiveUSB can be written with tools like Win32DiskImager.

Do not dd or use tools to write the embedded.img.xz file to any media directly!
The LiveCD WILL NOT work from USB and the LiveUSB WILL NOT work from CD. Be sure to download and write the correct image.

Then boot from the media you just created. After booting, the Initial Configuration is done via the XigmaNAS Console Setup Menu.

There is no need to perform the install on the same hardware that you plan to use for your NAS, you can use any PC with the ability to boot the media you created.

After this stage XigmaNAS will be installed on and run from your drive. However, you still need to complete the second step to make XigmaNAS operational. This step is optional: You can run XigmaNAS from a CDROM and an MS-DOS floppy disk or USB device to store configuration if your system has +2GB RAM. However, we do recommend to perform an embedded installation.

Second, perform the Basic Configuration via the WebGUI.
After this stage your XigmaNAS server will be operational having a basic configuration.

Finally, perform the Advanced configuration and tuning via WebGUI and Command Shell (mostly WebGUI).
Sections 1 and 2 of this manual cover processes and procedures that may help you configure and use XigmaNAS. It is up to you to read and understand the various options and features offered by XigmaNAS and to decide how you want to use your XigmaNAS system and what steps you need to take to achieve those goals based on your own needs.

Further customization, such as ZFS or RAID configuration, localization, service configuration and tuning can then be performed.

LiveUSB image writer:

documentation/setup_and_user_guide/installation_and_configuration_overview.txt · Last modified: 2018/07/14 14:45 by zoon01