LaCie to NAS Backup: Part One: QNAP Configuration

LaCie to NAS Backup: Part One: QNAP Configuration

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In this article, I show you how to set up a QNAP NAS unit to handle the ISCI target function for backing up a LaCie 5Big Office+.  Read on for details.

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In this article, I show you how to set up a QNAP NAS unit to handle the ISCI target function for backing up a LaCie 5Big Office+.  We’ll set up the QNAP NAS to be he ISCSI target and then show you how to configure the LaCie in the next article.

The LaCie 5big Office + runs Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials, so many Server 2008 R2 technologies are available. In this case, we’ll leverage the ISCSI Initiator technology to establish a link to a QNAP NAS running TurboNAS 3.7 and configure the LaCie to back up to the QNAP.

This process is very similar to the one that I followed when I brought you my two-part ISCSI series a few weeks back, but instead of connecting a virtualized Server 2012 Essentials box, we’ll connect the LaCi 5big Office +. As a refresher, here are my prior two articles:

ISCSI Setup Series Part One: QNAP TurboNAS 3.7 Configuration

ISCSI Setup Series Part Two: Server 2012 Essentials Configuration

Most of the QNAP configuration will be unchanged, but I’ll step through the process for you. Please note that since this is in a test lab environment, I will skip the authentication steps throughout. This of course is not a best practice for you to emulate in a production environment. Ready? Let’s go!

Hardware Used

I have a QNAP TS-419 P II NAS unit connected via ethernet to my home network.  The QNAP is running TurboNAS 3.7 and is using 8TB of drives in a RAID5 configuration.  I also have a LaCie 5big Office + NAS unit, running Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials, and this unit has a 10TB RAID5 implemented.

Configuration of the QNAP

We need to do some work to configure the QNAP to act as an ISCSI target.  The steps are activating ISCSI, creating the target, and setting up the server application to use the target.  First, log into the administrative panel of the QNAP.

Click on Disk Management and then ISCSI. Select Enable iSCSI Target Service. Click Apply.

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Click OK as we’ll take care of that setting in a later step.

Click Target Management, OK to start the wizard. Select iSCSI Target with a mapped LUN. Click Next.

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The ISCSI Quick Configuration Wizard launches.  Click Next.

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Give it a name and an alias. Click Next.

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