Virtualization Station 3

Host multiple virtual machines on your QNAP NAS

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What is Virtualization Station?

QNAP's Virtualization Station is a full virtualization solution for x86-based QNAP NAS with virtualization extensions (Intel VT or AMD-V) that allows you to operate and manage multiple virtual machines (VM) on the same NAS.

Virtualization Station adds incredible versatility to your NAS. From using your NAS as a PC by connecting a keyboard, mouse, and HDMI display to creating private virtual networks between VMs, you can also use USB and GPU* pass-through to provide your VMs and NAS with greater functionality and performance. With built-in data protection features such as Snapshots, VMs can easily be protected against failure and data loss.

*GPU passthrough requires specific QNAP NAS models. Please see for more information.

Quick Facts

  • Easy Installation

    Virtualization Station can be easily installed from the QNAP App Center with just one click.

  • Supports Multiple Operating Systems

    Virtualization Station supports various modern and legacy operating systems, from Microsoft Windows XP to Windows Server, as well as popular UNIX-like systems such as Ubuntu, Red Hat, CentOS, FreeBSD and Sun Solaris.

  • User-based Permissions

    A built-in Access Control List (ACL) allows you to easily manage access to specific virtual machines. You can assign either control or view-only permissions of each VM to specific users.

  • Central VM Management

    Virtualization Station allows you to centrally monitor and manage every VM while allocating resources such as CPU, memory and storage capacity.

  • Import & Export VM

    VMs can be imported and exported with just a few clicks. Supported file types include *.ova, *.vmx, *.ovf and *.qvm.

  • Backup & Restore VM

    VMs can be easily backed up and restored for quick disaster recovery. VM Snapshot also helps to mitigate the threat of ransomware and other attacks.


Access VMs from Anywhere

An HTML5-compatible web browser such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari is all you need to remotely access* your VMs. In addition, a VNC connection can be used for each virtual machine.

*Port forwarding on your router is required for remote access. For web browser access, port 8088 (HTTP) or 8089 (HTTPS) is required. For VNC access, please find the assigned VNC port of each VM in Virtualization Station.

Virtual Switch with Various Network Modes

Bridged Network

Attaching an Ethernet interface* to a Virtual Switch creates a bridged network. The NAS and the Virtual Switch can share the same Ethernet interface and have high-speed data transfer via internal routing.

*Port-trunking is available in these modes: Active Backup, IEEE 802.3ad, Balance-tlb.

External-only Network

Select an Ethernet port for a Virtual Switch to enable dedicated routing between virtual switches and external networks.

Isolated Network

Not attaching any Ethernet interface to a Virtual Switch creates an isolated network. Manual IP address settings are required for each VM to enable communication among different VMs that are connected to the same Virtual Switch.

USB and GPU Pass-through

Virtualization Station allows you to access USB devices* connected to the NAS from one or many VMs. GPU pass-through is also supported** by specific models with suitable power supplies to allow the usage of a compatible graphics card to empower VMs with higher processing capabilities and OpenGL and DirectX support.

*QNAP cannot guarantee universal USB support. USB 3.0 is only available for Windows 8 (and later).
**Graphics card compatibility list

QvPC: Use your NAS as a PC

QvPC Technology consolidates a number of high-end technologies and allows you to use your QNAP NAS as a PC by connecting a keyboard, mouse, and HDMI display. Simply install the QVM app in HD Station and you will be able to directly use your VMs as if your NAS was a dedicated workstation.

Use Cases

Virtualized Server Applications

With Virtualization Station, businesses can create virtual machines on their QNAP NAS and run server applications such as Windows AD, Windows Exchange, ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), or CRM (Customer Relationship Management) systems. This allows for the consolidation of older/legacy systems into a single NAS and to run and manage new virtualized systems without the need for additional physical servers. In addition, Virtualization Station has built in data recovery features such as Snapshot and Backup/Restore, creating a seamless VM experience.

Free Microsoft® Windows
Virtual Machine 90 Days Trial

Microsoft® provides various free* Windows Virtual Machines that can be used with Virtualization Station. Once installed, you can quickly deploy Windows environments and use your QNAP NAS as a Windows PC.
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*Microsoft® virtual machines are intended for testing purposes and expire after 90 days. It is recommended to create a snapshot when you first install the virtual machine.

Video Tutorial

A Step-by-Step Guide to Using QNAP Virtualization Station 3

Online Resources

Supported NAS models