Chapter 2. Initial System Setup

This chapter describes how to use the Setup Wizard to perform the initial system configuration:

For information about installing NAS Manager onto a clean machine from CD, see Appendix B, “Reinstalling NAS Manager from CD”.

Accessing the Setup Wizard

To access the wizard, do the following:

  1. Connect a cross-over Ethernet cable from a laptop or PC to the primary Ethernet port on the NAS system as described in the Quick Start Guide.

  2. Launch a web browser to the following URL:

    Note: You may need to temporarily reset the IP address of the laptop or PC to for this to work correctly.

The first time you boot the system, the web browser presents the Setup Wizard. After you have completed initial system configuration with the Setup Wizard and restarted the system, the web browser presents the NAS Manager summary screen, from which you can access all of the product features.

Note: Until you have run through the Setup Wizard, you will not be able to access the rest of NAS Manager.

When using the Setup Wizard, you may see warning or error messages when you click Next after filling in the fields for a particular page. This happens when the system detects a problem in what you have configured. When a warning message appears, the system will still proceed to the next screen. When an error message appears, the system remains on the current screen.

All of the initial system configuration you perform through the Setup Wizard can be later modified using NAS Manager, as described in Chapter 3, “Server Configuration and Management”, in the section “Global Configuration” in Chapter 3 in particular.

Using the Setup Wizard to Configure the System

The initial Setup Wizard screen is the Introduction screen, as shown in Figure 2-1. The box at the left shows the steps that will be covered in order by the Setup Wizard and your location within the steps.

Figure 2-1. Setup Wizard

Setup Wizard

The system comes preconfigured with a single filesystem that takes up the entire space of the RAID device. On completion of the Setup Wizard, this filesystem will automatically be configured to be exported and shared using both the NFS and CIFS filesystem protocols.

Note: There are situations that will require a different filesystem configuration than the one that is preinstalled, which takes up the entire space of the RAID device. If you plan to use the snapshot feature or iSCSI targets, for example, you must reserve space on the RAID device. To do this, you must destroy the preconfigured filesystem and create new filesystems. You will be able to do this with NAS Manager after you have completed the initial setup, as described in “Customizing Your Installation”. For further information on destroying and creating filesystems, see “Filesystems” in Chapter 3.

Click Next to display the Passwords screen.


On initial setup, the Passwords screen displays two sets of text boxes, allowing you to enter and confirm the following:

  • NAS Manager management password. This is the password you must enter in order to perform web-based server configuration and management. The password is not required to view the system monitoring screens. The default administrator password is INSECURE.

  • Command-line configuration password. This is the root password for the system

    Note: You must enter the indicated passwords in order to continue with the setup process.

Click Next to display the Network Interface screen.

Network Interface

The Network Interface screen lets you configure the network management interface ( eth0) for the system. For information, see “Network Interface Configuration” in Chapter 3.

Caution: If you configure an incorrect IP address for the management interface, you can render the system inaccessible from the network.

The system is shipped with eth0 preconfigured as the management interface and a static IP address of . This lets you plug a laptop into the NAS system. For information on other system settings (such as the default gateway), see “Global Configuration” in Chapter 3.

To configure network interfaces in addition to the management interface and to configure aggregated (bonded) interfaces, you must complete the initial system setup and customize your installation, as described in “Customizing Your Installation”.

Configure the following fields:


Specifies the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) for this NAS server. The default hostname is sginas.


Specifies that DHCP will be used to configure the Ethernet interface. (Another system must be the DHCP server.) For information on DHCP, see “Standalone Network Interfaces” in Chapter 3. If you require a particular IP address for the system, leave this box unchecked to use static IP addressing.

IP address 

Specifies the IP address for the system if you are not using DHCP.


Specifies the netmask to use for the system if you are not using DHCP.

Default gateway 

Specifies the default network gateway , which is the IP address of the router that this system should use to communicate with machines that are outside of its subnet. For more information, see “Default Gateway” in Chapter 3.

This field can be left blank if either of the following is true:

  • The default gateway is supplied by a DHCP server.

  • All the machines that need to access the system are in the same subnet.

Click Next to display the DNS screen.


If you do not have a DNS server and use only a hosts file, you can leave the fields on this screen blank and use NAS Manager to modify or import a host file. You can do this after you have completed the initial system setup and restarted the system, as described in “Customizing Your Installation”. For information on hosts files, see “DNS and Hostnames” in Chapter 3.

Configure the following fields:

Domain search 

Specifies the domain name or names that the DNS servers will use to resolve partial name queries.

If you have multiple domains, list them in the order you want to use for lookup. This is important in cases where there are two machines with the same name, each on a different domain.

Nameserver # 

Specifies up to three IP addresses for the DNS name servers to use. If an address you specify is down, the system will use the next one.

Click Next to display the Time and Date screen.

Time and Date

Use the Time and Date screen to set the following:


Specifies the local timezone for NAS Manager.

NTP enable 

Enables automatic time synchronization with Network Time Protocol (NTP). If the server has Internet access, see the following website for information about using the public NTP timeserver:

Note: In order to set the time, you must complete the setup and reboot the system, as described in “Customizing Your Installation”.

NTP server 

Specifies the NTP server.

Click Next to display the Verify Configuration screen.

Verify Configuration

The Verify Configuration screen provides a summary of the configuration information you have entered on the previous screens.

Note: At this point in the process, the passwords you provided on the Passwords screen have been implemented. If you click Previous to page back through the screens in order to edit any of the information, the text boxes on the Passwords screen will no longer be visible.

Click Next to apply this configuration and display the Finished screen.


The Finished screen indicates that the configuration information you entered in the Startup Wizard has been applied. After the software setup phase has completed, NAS Manager will require a restart.

If you need to modify the custom installation (for example, to add name services or reconfigure the preinstalled filesystem), you will be able to do so after restarting the system.

Click Next to restart the system and display the System Restart screen.

System Restart

The System Restart screen displays as the system is restarting and indicates the NAS Manager license entitlements and the browser address from which to access NAS Manager, which will be:


As the system is restarting, you should remove the cross-over cable and connect the management interface into the local network.

Note: After you complete the initial hardware setup and reboot the system, you can customize the installation as described in “Customizing Your Installation”.

Customizing Your Installation

After completing your system setup and restarting your system, you may need to modify or complete your system installation through configuration procedures that you perform directly with NAS Manager.

The following aspects of system configuration require that you use NAS Manager to customize your system: