NAS ASUSTOR: Install Windows 10 with VirtualBox [Quick Guide]

8:09 pm January 27, 201714001

I. introduction

as well as other manufacturers, ASUSTOR offers an integration of an app on its NAS VirtualBox for virtualization. Certainly, it does not transform your real hypervisor NAS and it is better, in my opinion, use it as storage external to a real hypervisor such as a VMware ESX or a Hyper-V at Microsoft.

However, it’s still interesting to a few tests at home (or even in a small structure). We will see in this tutorial how to install VirtualBox on an ASUSTOR NAS , then we will create a virtual machine on which you will install Windows 10.

date, VirtualBox is compatible with the NAS Asustor of series AS31/32/50/51/60/61/62/70.

II. Installation of VirtualBox

first, it must connect to the web interface of the ADM, and access the AppCentral. Locate and install the VirtualBox application which will also include installation of an extension package.

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then, in the interface of the ADM, an icon should appear: click. You will be redirected to a web interface named “ phpVirtualBox ‘ where you have to authenticate.

note: phpVirtualBox is a web interface written in PHP intended to control VirtualBox from a web interface.

by default, the login is “admin” and the password is “admin”. We will change it later.

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as soon as you are connected, you will get a VirtualBox interface in web but very close to that of the VirtualBox client mode. Click on ‘File’ then ‘settings ‘.

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go to the tab “ language” on the left, it allows you to choose the language to switch the interface in french.

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take the opportunity to access the “Users” tab always on the left, select the user “admin” and click the icon in the form of @ to change the password of this user. We’ll secure the access to the VirtualBox interface, which is not a luxury.

note: you can also create additional users.

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now that we changed the language and the password by default, we will proceed to the creation of a VM.

III. Creation of the virtual machine

within the VirtualBox interface, click on “New” under the main menu, this allows to launch the wizard to create a new virtual machine.

in this example, I will create a virtual machine that will be running Windows 10. I name this VM “ W10-CLI01 “, I indicate that it is a bone of type “ Microsoft Windows ‘ then the version is ‘ Windows 10 (64-bit) “.»»» ” This is important particularly for guest services will install in the VM to take full advantage of VirtualBox.

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for memory, specify minimum 2048 MB, otherwise you will not be able to install Windows 10, since it is a prerequisite.

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this is a brand new virtual machine, so I’ll create a virtual hard disk by checking the appropriate option, then click on ‘ create ‘ to do.

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it is one of the big advantages of VirtualBox: it manages several types of virtual hard disks, whether it’s the VMware, Hyper-V, the Parallels… Or simply the format specific to VirtualBox: VDI. I chose for my part ‘VHD’ because I work with Hyper-v primarily, this will facilitate eventually export later.

note: VirtualBox does not support the VHDX format, which is now the standard for Hyper-V.

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choose between a fixed size or dynamic, let you read the explanations of the Wizard 🙂

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click on the folder on the right icon to determine the location of the virtual disk. Also specify the size of the virtual disk, 20 GB seems coherent to a client test machine (knowing that can evolve this size).

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the machine is created but it is extinct; Before you start we’ll indicate that we want to start on a picture ISO of Windows 10. We select the VM and we click on “ Configuration “. ”

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click on the “Storage” tab on the left, then click on the SATA controller. Then, below, click on the diskette icon and add a CD/DVD drive.

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click on ‘Choose a disc’ to indicate an ISO and specify the path to your ISO. Normally, it should already be on your NAS, unless you have not yet copied it.

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validate the different parameters, and then start the virtual machine.

Although there is the console online, which in fact is is shown capricious when I wanted to use it, it is better to connect with the client “Remote Desktop connection” Windows directly on the VM. Immersion will be better and more.

when you select the VM on the right you have a lot of information concerning. On the section “ Display “, there’s a line ‘Remote Desktop Server Port”which gives you the IP address and port to use to connect to the VM 😉

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that is, just follow the wizard of Windows 10 for the installation, and then you can take advantage of Windows 10 on your NAS ASUSTOR.»» Remember to remove the ISO file of the VM at the end of the installation settings.