MinimServer 2.2

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Installing MinimServer 2 on a NETGEAR ReadyNAS

This page describes how to install MinimServer 2 on a NETGEAR ReadyNAS.

You can install MinimServer 2 on the ReadyNAS NV+ v2, Duo v2, Ultra, Pro and NVX. On the Ultra, Pro and NVX, RAIDiator must be installed. MinimServer isn't compatible with OS 6.

There isn't a MinimServer installation package for the current ReadyNAS series (models 102, 104, 212, 214, 312, 314, 316, 422, 424, 426, 428, 516, 524, 526, 528, 626, 628 and 716).

Table of contents

Installing or updating MinimServer 2
Startup problems
Uninstalling MinimServer 2

Installing or updating MinimServer 2

[NEW] If you are running MinimServer 2.1 or 2.1.2, the simplest way to update to MinimServer is to use the new "update install." For details, see the Update install section.

Alternatively, you can install MinimServer by following the instructions below.

  1. If you are currently running MinimWatch 0.8, you need to update to MinimWatch 2. See the MinimWatch page for details.
  2. On the MinimServer 2 Downloads page, find the ReadyNAS row in the table of MinimServer downloads and click the download link (x86 or ARMv5) for your ReadyNAS model. If you have a ReadyNAS Ultra, Pro or NVX, select x86. If you have a ReadyNAS NV+ v2 or Duo v2, select ARMv5.
  3. Accept the license and download the add-on package file. For x86, the package file is . For ARMv5, the package file is .
  4. From the ReadyNAS Frontview Add-ons page, install the MinimServer 2 add-on package. If you've got a previous version of MinimServer already installed, you don't need to remove MinimServer before you install the new version. If you remove MinimServer before installing the new version, you should choose the option to keep your configuration settings so you don't need to re-enter them after installing the new version.
  5. Some older versions of MinimServer required the EJRE add-on to be installed. If you have previously installed the EJRE add-on, go to the ReadyNAS Frontview Add-ons page and uninstall the EJRE add-on by clicking Remove.
  6. MinimServer 2 should now be running and you should be able to see it in a UPnP control point. If you can't see it, go to the Info page in Frontview and view the log messages to check whether there's an error message from MinimServer. If the log doesn't show any MinimServer errors, see the Startup problems section for further suggestions.
  7. The MinimServer 2 add-on sets the initial content directory to /c/media/Music if this directory exists or else to /c/media if this directory exists. The content directory is the top-level directory that contains your music files.
  8. If your music files are in some other location, you can open the MinimServer 2 configuration web page in a web browser as described in the Configuration web page section and use this page to change the content directory setting. For example, if your music files are in the shared folder MyMusic, you need to set the content directory to /c/MyMusic.
  9. If your music files are in more than one location, you need to install MinimWatch 2 on another computer (Windows, Mac or Linux) and use MinimWatch 2 to add additional content directories. Installing MinimWatch 2 also allows you to monitor the status of MinimServer 2 and change MinimServer 2 configuration settings. You can find instructions for installing MinimWatch 2 on the MinimWatch page.
  10. If you have updated from MinimServer 0.8 to MinimServer 2, some of your configuration properties in MinimWatch might be missing or greyed out. To restore any missing properties and enable all features previously available in MinimServer 0.8, select the License tab of the MinimServer configuration page and activate a trial or full license as described in this section. You might also need to reinstall the MinimStreamer package (see the Installing MinimStreamer section).
  11. If this is a new MinimServer installation, it will be running as MinimServer 2 Starter Edition with limited functionality and some configuration settings disabled (see the Starter Edition page). To use all features and configuration settings of MinimServer 2, you need to activate a trial license or full license as described in this section.
  12. After installing MinimWatch 2, it's a good idea to check the MinimServer 2 log to see if there are any warning or error messages about problems found by MinimServer 2 while scanning your music files. To do this, right-click on the MinimWatch tray icon and select "Show log". A warning in the log means that MinimServer 2 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 2 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.
  13. MinimServer 2 will continue to run while the NAS is powered on, and it will restart automatically when the NAS is restarted.
  14. You can disable MinimServer 2 from the Frontview Add-ons page. This stops MinimServer 2 immediately and prevents it from starting when the NAS is restarted. MinimServer 2 is still installed on the NAS, and you can re-enable it at any time from the Frontview Add-ons page.

Startup problems

If you can't see MinimServer 2 in a UPnP control point after it's been installed and enabled, here are some suggestions that may be helpful.
  1. Disable MinimServer 2 from the Frontview Add-ons page, then re-enable MinimServer 2.
  2. If MinimServer 2 still isn't running, leave MinimServer 2 enabled and restart the NAS.
  3. If MinimServer 2 still isn't running, install MinimWatch 2 on another computer and start MinimWatch 2. If MinimServer 2 has encountered an error while starting, you should see a red MinimWatch tray 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 MinimWatch tray icon.
  4. If MinimServer 2 has failed to start, the MinimWatch tray icon will be grey. If this happens, 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 2

If you have activated a MinimServer 2 full license on your ReadyNAS, you should deactivate this license before uninstalling MinimServer 2. This frees up the license activation for use on any other devices you have. You don't need to do this if you intend to reinstall MinimServer 2 on the same ReadyNAS. You won't be able to do this deactivation after MinimServer 2 has been uninstalled.

To deactivate the license, open the MinimServer 2 configuration page by clicking the MinimServer icon on your NAS desktop. Select the License tab followed by Deactivate full license and follow the prompts. You need an active internet connection to deactivate the license.

To uninstall MinimServer 2, go to the Frontview add-ons page and remove the MinimServer 2 add-on. This will stop MinimServer 2 if it's running and will remove MinimServer 2 from the NAS.

You'll get a prompt giving you the option to remove or retain your configuration settings. If you're planning to reinstall MinimServer 2 in the future, you should retain these settings so you don't need to enter them again.