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Installing MinimServer on a QNAP NAS

Table of contents

Installing MinimServer
Updating MinimServer
Setting up MinimServer
Startup problems
Uninstalling MinimServer

The instructions on this page tell you how to install and update MinimServer on a QNAP NAS with firmware level QTS 4.0 or higher. If your NAS firmware level is 3.8.3 or lower, please refer to the instructions on the Installing MinimServer on a QNAP NAS with older firmware page.

Installing MinimServer

This section describes how to install MinimServer on a QNAP NAS that doesn't already have MinimServer installed. To update an existing MinimServer installation, see the Updating MinimServer section.

  1. Login to the QNAP QTS desktop and launch the App Center.
  2. Select Entertainment. You should see a package named MinimServer. If this package has a button named 'Add To QTS', click this button to install the package. If this package has a button named 'Update', click this button to update the package to the latest level.

    Note: When you select 'Add To QTS' or 'Update', the App Center checks whether the JRE package is installed and installs it if necessary. This can take a long time.

  3. Select My Apps. If the JRE_ARM package is installed, select Remove for this package. Previous versions of MinimServer for QNAP ARM models used the JRE_ARM package but MinimServer 0.8.5.2 uses the JRE package.
  4. From My Apps, check that the MinimServer package is enabled (the MinimServer icon in My Apps should be green, not grey). If the icon is grey, click Start.
  5. From My Apps, click the Open button for the MinimServer package. If you get a license dialog, review the license terms and accept them. The MinimServer Status page should be displayed in your web browser.
  6. MinimServer is now installed and running. For additional information on setting up MinimServer, see the Setting up MinimServer section.

Updating MinimServer

This section describes how to update an existing MinimServer installation. To do a new MinimServer installation, see the Installing MinimServer section.

Note: Don't uninstall your current version of MinimServer before you install a newer version. If you do this, you will lose any MinimServer configuration settings that you've created.

  1. Login to the QNAP QTS desktop and launch the App Center.
  2. Select My Apps. If the MinimServer package has a button named 'Update', click this button to update the package to the latest level.

    Note: When you select 'Update', the App Center checks whether the JRE package is installed and installs it if necessary. This can take a long time.

  3. If the JRE_ARM package is installed, select Remove for this package. Previous versions of MinimServer for QNAP ARM models used the JRE_ARM package but MinimServer 0.8.5.2 uses the JRE package.
  4. Select My Apps and check that the MinimServer package is running (the MinimServer icon in My Apps should be green, not grey). If the icon is grey, click Start.
  5. From My Apps, click the Open button for the MinimServer package. If you get a license dialog, review the license terms and accept them. The MinimServer Status page should be displayed in your web browser.

Setting up MinimServer

  1. If you've followed the above installation steps successfully, the MinimServer Status page should be displayed in your web browser and you should be able to see MinimServer as a UPnP server from a UPnP control point. If not, go to "System Logs" from the QNAP administration page and check whether there's an error message from MinimServer. If the system log doesn't show any MinimServer errors, see the Startup problems section for further suggestions.
  2. The MinimServer installer sets the initial content directory to /share/Multimedia or /share/Qmultimedia, depending on your model of QNAP NAS. The content directory is the top-level directory that contains your music files. If the default setting matches the location of your music library, you should be able to browse and play the contents of your music library in a UPnP control point.
  3. If your music files are in some other location, you can use the MinimServer Status page in your web browser to enter a different content directory location and click the Update button to activate this setting.

    To find the correct path to enter for the content directory location, open File Station in QTS and right-click on the root folder of your music library. Note the file path shown on the Copy: selection at the top of the menu and use this file path preceded by '/share'. For example, if the File Station menu shows Copy: /My Music, you need to enter /share/My Music.

  4. If you want to install the latest MinimServer updates, add more content directories or change MinimServer configuration settings, you'll need to install MinimWatch on another computer (Windows, Mac or Linux) on your local network. Installing MinimWatch also allows you to monitor the status of MinimServer and view the MinimServer log. You can find instructions for installing MinimWatch on the Installing page.
  5. After installing MinimWatch, it's a good idea to check the MinimServer log to see if there are any warning or error messages about problems found by MinimServer while scanning your music files. To do this, right-click the MinimWatch minim icon and select "Show log". A warning in the log means that MinimServer has found something wrong with a file, but has been able to read the file and make it available for browsing and playing. An error in the log means that MinimServer wasn't able to read the file. If you see a message you don't understand, you can get help by creating a new thread in the MinimServer support forum as described on the Support page.
  6. MinimServer will continue to run while the NAS is powered on and will restart automatically when the NAS is restarted.
  7. You can disable MinimServer from the App Center page by selecting My Apps and clicking Stop from the drop-down menu for the MinimServer icon. This stops MinimServer immediately and prevents MinimServer from starting when the NAS is restarted. MinimServer is still installed on the NAS, and you can re-enable it at any time from the App Center page by selecting My Apps and clicking Start for the MinimServer icon.
  8. When you disable MinimServer, an archive containing diagnostic information is saved automatically as the file minimserver-diag.tar.gz in the Public share of the QNAP NAS.

Startup problems

If you can't see MinimServer in a UPnP control point after it's been installed and enabled, here are some suggestions that may be helpful.
  1. Disable MinimServer from the App Center page, then re-enable MinimServer.
  2. If MinimServer still isn't running, leave MinimServer enabled and restart the NAS.
  3. If MinimServer still isn't running, install MinimWatch on another computer in your local network and start MinimWatch. If MinimServer has encountered an error while starting, you should see a red minim icon with a pop-up message describing the startup error. You may be able to get more information about the error by selecting "Show log" from the minim icon.
  4. If the MinimWatch minim icon is grey, please submit a problem report as described on the Support page. When describing the problem, please say which of the above steps you have tried and what the results were.

Uninstalling MinimServer

To uninstall MinimServer, go to the App Center page and remove the MinimServer package. This will stop MinimServer if it's running and will completely remove MinimServer from the NAS, including any configuration settings that you've created.