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Re-newed Unraid User Support

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I originally purchased some server hardware and the Unraid software in 2011, but never put it online. Years ago I did some programming in Unix, but basically have no Linux experience.

 

I now want to install this server hardware in my residence and use it for multiple PC backups and media file storage. I am much more comfortable with a "graphical" GUI interface than a command line. I am not 100% sure, but I believe my existing Unraid is 3.0.35.

 

1) Does the lastest Unraid (6.xx ?) version have a graphical interface ?

2) Can I upgrade ?

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I joined the forum and built my first unRAID system in 2011. The current version at that time was 4.7 (and had been for quite a while), so I assume you are mistaken about that detail.

 

1) unRAID since at least 4.7 has always had a web interface.

2) If you purchased a license for unRAID, then there is a .key file which is associated with the GUID of a specific flash drive. You would have used the GUID from your flash drive to purchase your license. There were (and still are) a few different levels of license, depending on how many drives you intend to use. Your license is still good for the latest version of unRAID, but unless you still have the flash drive and its .key file you will have to contact Limetech and give them whatever information they need to verify you purchased a license. Or you could just buy a new license, they aren't really all that expensive.

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I am basing my information from the USB key data. A colleague recommended this solution as a good, robust server solution so I pursued the recommendations and as I recalled spoke to physical support resources at the time. Due to personal and work tasks at the time, I had to table the project without ever putting it into use.

 

I have attached a view of the USB key contents below for reference. The readme file appears to state Unraid Server 5.0-rc5 ( I had not noticed this previously). The USB file contents are dated June 2012, so this is when I last used this hardware / software until yesterday.

 

I would estimate my expectations are not aligning with the available resources. I am not locating a simple PDF guide on how to get started from the Linux root command line which the USB boot appears to execute. I imagine for a experienced user this seems elementary, but this is where I am stuck at.

 

I have attempted to search my personal email accounts for prior Lime or Unraid communications but I do not appear to have any. I do have a Unraid account dated August 2012 but there does not appear to be any useful account information.

 

It would appear I need to first determine how to "start" the Unraid application and verify the network interface. Next I would presume I should consider upgrading to the latest stable version.

 

Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated, for at this time I am not seeing the "forest through the trees".

 

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Take a copy of the content of the config directory - it should contain your *.key file (assuming that you did install the key file before ending your project). The name of the key file will differ, depending on the size of the license.

 

With a copy of the config directory, you should then be able to follow the current documentation how to download and install a fresh unRAID to the thumb drive. Then you can restore the key file and you should have a thumb drive that boots a fresh unRAID.

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Have you tried to boot with what you already have? If so, are you just confused because the console gives you a login prompt and a command line? It's not required to do anything at the command line with a standard installation, either on your old version or on any later versions.

 

If you are able to boot, you can get to the webUI of unRAID simply by directing your web browser to the IP address of your server. Or even simpler, assuming your server still has the default servername, just go to http://tower

 

 

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Also, there is a lot of information on the Limetech website about getting started that should get you going. Just click on the Limetech logo at the top of any forum page.

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You will also have to (post upgrade) run Tools - New Permissions, as the permission requirements on files changed from pre 4.7 -> 5.x+

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I really appreciate all of the great feedback and your time to reply, but I am still unclear on my path forward based on my expectations.

 

The lack of not being able to communicate with Unraid support resources is leaving too many unanswered questions. I will attempt to clarify my thoughts.

 

  1. As I have stated previously, I obtained the files / USB from Unraid, but never had the opportunity to put the server into "operation".
  2. I have what I understand to be all of the correct files on the appropriate USB drive (please see below), but the system does not Boot to a GUI when started.
  3. I am not aware of the correct PDF document which steps me thru what I might be missing.
  4. One or more of the replies have mentioned a "Key" file, which does not appear to be on my USB ??????
  5. If I obtained the USB and files in 2012, why is it not configured to boot correctly ? Why do I not have the appropriate "Key" file ??
  6. My Unraid account login doesn't appear to have any useful information to help answer these questions.
  7. I recall speaking with Unraid resources in 2012 to obtain the USB and files, where are those resources now ?
  8. One of the replies mentioned using a browser (from a remote PC ?) and accessing the IP address of the Server hardware. I am not sure I follow this. There is certainly no browser applications running on the Server hardware. It simply boots to a Linux command prompt.

I can appreciate these questions appear strange, but I am simply trying to get a basic residential server up and running. I appear to already have the Unraid Server application files, so I would prefer to use then or at least evaluate the product correctly before I decide to find another solution.

 

I look forward to any additional ideas or suggestions which might be available. I think you can determine by my posts, I am not 100% clear if I actually have all of the correct components / software to meet my present expectations. Perhaps I obtained the wrong product for my expectations ?? Without having any success in getting the Unraid operational and no known visual idea / emulator / PDF users guide I am totally in the dark. 

 

 

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The system does not boot to a GUI. What you need to do is go to another computer on your network, open a web browser, and go to http://tower. unRAID has a web interface, which will allow you to do most things without ever needing to see the command line. In fact, you don't even need a keyboard and monitor attached to your server. It is a NAS (network attached storage) and like most NAS it was designed to be used and managed from other computers on your network.

 

Your .key file is inside the config folder on your flash drive.

 

 

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47 minutes ago, trurl said:

Your .key file is inside the config folder on your flash drive.

 

The previous post does show the contents of the config directory. No key file.

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I suspect that the USB drive you were sent in 2012 contained the unRaid system and the key file was sent separately by email with instructions to copy it onto the USB drive.

 

This would allow them to mass produce the USB drives and then process the distribution of the key file just like any other order.

 

if you do not have the key file then you will have to contact Limetech support and provide enough details so they can resend it to you.

 

 

You say that the unRaid system does not boot to a GUI .... this is expected for an unRaid system from 2012.    It is only more recent versions which support a GUI login on the unRaid console.

 

As you have mentioned that you get a login prompt then the system has actually loaded.    As has been mentioned by others, you must administrate the system using a web browser from another system ... connecting to it using the URL http;//tower

 

 

Personally I would find another USB drive, install the latest evaluation unRaid version on it (which will have a GUI login on the console if you select that boot option) ... you then have 4 weeks to get everything working and a copy of your original key file from Limetech.    If you place the original key file onto this drive in the config directory then when you boot you will be prompted to transfer the license key to this drive.

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29 minutes ago, pwm said:

 

The previous post does show the contents of the config directory. No key file.

 

I think that old version of unRAID had a free "license" that would allow a few disks without a key, so maybe you never had one.

 

Have you tried to access the server with a web browser on another computer?

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