As I mentioned the other day (Christmas project 2009: installation of a NAS…), I was spending some time over the Xmas break configuring a new NAS device.  This was set up as a two drive RAID1 array of 2x1Tb.  However, once I’d set up the rsnapshot backup system (which seems to be pretty efficient in terms of disk space and ease of setup), I turned my eye to the other uses of the device.  I’ve installed the following via the QPKG system or by activating the firmware options (during all this, I upgraded the firmware to the latest stable version):

MySQL – to enable this, I needed to upgrade the firmware.  Or at least that was what the system said, and who am I to object?  Administering MySQL databases is easiest using a GUI such as PhpMyAdmin, so I installed…

PhpMyAdmin – installed from the QPKG package.  Very easy, but I needed to tweak the configuration file config.inc.php to replace ‘127.0.0.1’ with ‘localhost’ before I could login in as the MySQL root user.  Of course all this was so I could try setting up Joomla!…

Joomla! – I installed Joomla! 1.5.15 via the QPKG package (principally to check this was working just as I am used to).  Once that was done, I extracted the database and files from the Northwood Wheelers website.  I imported the database using phpMyAdmin, and copied over all the site files.  Lo and behold!  A mirror of the site functions!  You can see this version of the site here.  Of course I had to open up the router for http traffic and point it at the NAS.

AjaXplorer – I also installed an AJAX based file manager for ease of file management from a QPKG package, and…

EyeOS – an interesting cloud environment, including office type applications, also from a QPKG package.

All in all, the QNAP TS-239 is turning out to be a versatile and highly configurable little device.

If only Dell could pull their finger out and get me the replacement desktop PC I ordered a few days before Xmas within the next month…