NAS storage and Virtual machines – Win XP, Win 7, Win 10 & CentOS

Which QNAP NAS for Windows Virtual machines


Is the QNAP TVS-673 still the gold standard in this price range (£2k with approx. 16GB RAM, 16-24TB, 6 bay)? I’m looking for both a NAS system and VM. The VM covering Win XP (don’t ask!), Win 7, Win 10 & CentOS). At least 2 VMs running at a time.

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Choosing the Right NAS for VMs

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Yes, the QNAP TVS-x73 Series (with sufficient memory of course) is pretty much the best price vs hardware out there for your requirements. Alternatively, I would recommend a TVS-1282 with an i5 or i7, alternatively, you can go for a TS-877 with Ryzen 7 and installing a GPU card of your choice to be extra future proof. However, these will bump up the price noticeably.

At the budget you stated, I would definitely recommend the TVS-x73 series. Do bear in mind though that the 73 range is now the 73e range, this has reduced the price by removing the remote control and the USB 3.1 Gen 2 Ports for backups.

This may be a little basic for you, but if you want to use the first party QNAP App to host VMs, here is a little more information on them

What is a Virtual Machine? How do I put one on my NAS? and what are the Pros and Cons

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