Here is a guide on how to install XPEnology since I recently bought a HP Proliant N54L micro-server from ServersPlus for £200 with £100 cashback from HP.
I bought it to replace my ZyXel NSA320 NAS, The new system has a 2.2GHz Dual Core AMD CPU and 2GB RAM.
I planned to install Synology's DSM on it and to do this i needed to use a modified version designed for non Synology hardware, It's called XPEnology and is built from the DSM source. So without further ado lets get on to installing XPEnology on to the HP N54L.
You will need to download the following files.
You will also require
- A network connection to the HP N54L server.
- A USB drive of a around 64MB or higher
- A Windows PC to use Win32DiskImager (DD can be used on Linux/OS X)
OK so firstly we need to get XPEnology on to the USB drive, Extract Win32DiskImager and XPEnology.
Load Win32DiskImager and select the correct drive letter.
Click the folder icon and select the extracted "synoboot-trantor-XXXXXXX.img" where XXXXX is a version number.
Click write and wait for the program to finish.
Now that we have the XPEnology img file written to the USB Drive it's time to get on with the installation.
Connect the USB Drive to the HP N54L (Back/Internal works best).
Optionally connect a display to the N54L to make sure it's booting.
Start up Synology Assistant
and let it find the Synology device (might take a few minutes) once found select "Install" and follow the on screen instructions.
Now select the ".pat" file that was extracted from the XPEnology archive. (filename may be different)
Now enter your chosen password and server name. Make sure to keep the checkbox checked.
Finally configure the network settings either to DHCP or manual.
Now wait for the process to complete it may take a little while.
Once the install is complete you can go back to the main Disk Assistant window and select "Connect" by right clicking the device.
It will load your default web browser to the IP of the device and wait for you to enter username/password. (username is admin)
Now you have completed the Synology DSM setup and can move on to adding custom packages such as sickbeard, couchpotato, headphones and transmission, You can use the "Storage Manager" to configure your HDD's.
To install custom packages you simply need to go to "Package Center"
Select "Settings" then select "Package Sources"
Now you can press "Add" and then add other sources, the most popular one is "http://packages.synocommunity.com". Enter it like below.
Next you can press "OK" and then simply go to the "Community" tab.
Here you can find all sorts of packages, Just simply install them and follow on screen instructions, Thats all.
XPEnology creators (not sure on actual names sorry)
Various online sources.