QTS 4 - Virtualization Station

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Centralized virtualization management enhancing IT efficiency

QNAP Virtualization Station enables virtualized desktop operations on the Turbo NAS for managing multiple virtual machines. With the easy-to-use interface, you can centrally manage all virtual machines created on the Turbo NAS with least efforts.

Operate different OS platforms on browsers

You can use the web-based user interface of QTS to run Virtualization Station with extreme flexibility and convenience. Besides computers, you can also use tablet devices to operate multiple virtual machines of various operating systems such as Windows, Linux, and UNIX run on the Virtualization Station.

Bandwidth-saving and secure to access NAS data

When accessing data on the Turbo NAS through the virtual machines on the Virtualization Station, you can enjoy the secure data transmission and bandwidth saving, as the data is not transmitted via physical network cables.

Easy Installation in App Center

The Virtualization Station can be easily installed with one click in the QTS App Center, no IT expertise required at all. Those who already have Virtualization Station-ready Turbo NAS models only need to upgrade the RAM and adjust BIOS settings to enjoy the convenient use of Virtualization Station.

Download more VMs in VM Markets

The VM markets of providers such as VMware and BitNami offer various VMs for you to download on demand and import them to Turbo NAS to use directly without any complex procedure. VMs created on the Turbo NAS can also be exported to be used elsewhere.

Multiple OS support

With the Virtualization Station, you can create multiple virtual machines to run various operating systems such as Windows, Linux, and UNIX on the Turbo NAS, and separate network resources for each virtual machine to ensure uninterrupted network traffic. The Virtualization Station helps quickly integrate existing IT infrastructure in the Turbo NAS without additional hardware cost.

Operate VMs as Remote Desktops

Enjoy utmost convenience by operating Windows, Linux and UNIX-based VMs as remote desktops. A list of buttons is provided on the left side of each individual VM display, allowing users to suspend, shutdown, force shutdown, reset, bring up key combinations (incl. Ctrl+AIt+Del) & function keys, and even take snapshots for the VMs.

Fast virtual machine creation

Virtualization Station provides several default templates for quickly choosing a proper one to create a virtual machine. Advanced users can create custom templates, or manually create a virtual machine without choosing from the templates.

Virtual machine import/export

Virtual machines of various formats can be easily import to and export from the Virtualization Station with simple steps. The administrators will enjoy extreme flexibility in arranging IT resources across machines.


Virtualization Station provides snapshot feature to record the virtual machine system status at a point of time. At the event of virtual machine failure, users can quickly roll it back to the snapshot time to ensure continual system operation.

Application scenario :
Before you download applications from unknown sources or install potentially risky applications, you can use the Snapshot function to record the VM’s system status. In the event of the VM being infected by viruses or suffering from random system crashes, you can easily revert the VM to a previous snapshot.

User-based permissions settings

The Virtualization Station administrator can create users and set proper permissions for each Virtual Machine (VM), helping to efficiently manage and allocate VM resources for users with different needs. With these permissions, users can work independently on their VM without worrying about their work being interrupted or data being lost because another user has accidentally powered-off the VM.

User-based permissions include:
. Console permissions: Control and View-only
. VM controls: Power, Snapshot and Advanced


The Virtualization Station allows you to centrally manage multiple application servers on a Turbo NAS with high-performance I/O transmission. The combination of a host server and storage device not only reduces the cost of IT deployment and maintenance, but also increases business productivity of IT management.

Web Server

Host multiple websites in a single place

Building websites has become one of the most direct ways for organizations to communicate with customers, partners and internal members in a timely manner. Instead of investing precious time and effort in relevant IT setup procedures and cost in hardware purchase, the Virtualization Station provides a great alternative with a simple setup process, helping build & host various websites on different virtual machines easily and quickly – with just one Turbo NAS as a Web Server.

The Turbo NAS is ideal for Web Server as it supports 10GbE network for delivering high-speed data transmission, a large storage capacity for archiving data, and QNAP RAID technology for trustworthy data protection.


Minimize the cost & effort in managing core enterprise systems

With the Virtualization Station, businesses can create virtual machines on the Turbo NAS and implement complex systems such as ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), EIP (Enterprise Information Portal) or CRM (Customer Relationship Management), even if those systems require different OS. Businesses can not only save the budget for additional servers but also centralize the management of different systems.

The Turbo NAS for Virtualization Station featuring high performance Intel® CPU and 10GbE network interface makes it a competent server to host the resource-demanding systems and applications. The SSD cache further accelerates the data processing. Administrators do not have to worry about big data storage and protection as the Turbo NAS provides highly-reliable QNAP RAID technology for data protection and supports scale-up solution to expand storage capacity for data storage and backup.

Microsoft Exchange Server

Operate a large-scale Email Server

Exchanging emails plays a major role in every business’s daily routine, and a huge amount of emails is generated every day, every week. The Turbo NAS with the Virtualization Station can be utilized to host the Microsoft Exchange Server on a virtual machine, and offers large storage capacity to archive the growing emails.

Windows AD Server

Easily manage user permissions & computers

The Virtualization Station enables administrators to host Windows OS run on a virtual machine created on the Turbo NAS. It is useful to manage Windows AD and increase the efficiency in operations and management. Administrators can save lots of time and effort in user account management to invest more on other tasks.

Supported NAS models

Turbo NAS SeriesModelsMemory module pre-installedVirtualization Station
- System memory requirements*
Recommended number of simultaneously running VMs**
(and maximum memory capacity)
2 GB memory x1 >= 2 GB memory 1  (2 GB)
1 GB memory x1
2 GB memory x2
>= 2 GB memory 2 (4 GB)
TS-x53 Pro/TS-x53 Pro-8G
QNAP TS-253 Pro/TS-253 Pro-8G
TS-253 Pro/TS-253 Pro-8G
QNAP TS-453 Pro/TS-453 Pro-8G
TS-453 Pro/TS-453 Pro-8G
QNAP TS-653 Pro/TS-653 Pro-8G
TS-653 Pro/TS-653 Pro-8G
QNAP TS-853 Pro/TS-853 Pro-8G
TS-853 Pro/TS-853 Pro-8G
2 GB memory x1
4 GB memory x2
>= 2 GB memory 2 (8 GB)
SS-x53 Pro
QNAP SS-453 Pro
SS-453 Pro (Coming Soon)
QNAP SS-853 Pro
SS-853 Pro (Coming Soon)
2 GB memory x2 >= 2 GB memory 2 (8 GB)
4 GB memory x1 >= 2 GB memory 4 (32 GB)
4 GB memory x1 >= 2 GB memory 8 (32 GB)
4 GB memory x2 >= 2 GB memory 8 (32 GB)
4 GB memory x2 >= 2 GB memory 8 (32 GB)
4 GB memory x1 >= 2 GB memory 8 (32 GB)
TS-ECx80 Pro
TS-EC880 Pro
QNAP TS-EC1080 Pro
TS-EC1080 Pro
2 GB memory x1 >= 2 GB memory 8 (32 GB)
Please note:
*The memory available to VMs is the total system memory with the memory reserved for the Turbo NAS subtracted.
**The recommended number of simultaneously running VMs is calculated by evaluating the available memory and CPU resources. This number may be affected by running VM applications and active application services on the Turbo NAS.

Virtualization Station can only be installed on a Turbo NAS that supports Intel VT-x technology. The TS-x20, TS-x21, TS-x69 Pro, TS-x69L and the other ARM-based and/or entry-level models cannot run Virtualization Station. Please check the QNAP website for more information.

System requirement

Firmware: QTS 4.1 or newer version