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post #151 of 359
Hello!

I really want to try this but when I try to download the modded SynologyDSM I get this error: "This account's public links are generating too much traffic and have been temporarily disabled!"

Anyone have a copy to share?

EDIT: Now it's working! Thank you smile.gif

EDIT2: When I try to install I get this message: "This kernel requires an x86-64 CPU, but only detected an i686 CPU. Unable to boot - please use a kernel appropriate for your CPU."

Will this not work on my old computer?
Edited by kallekutta - 4/12/13 at 1:25pm
post #152 of 359
*bump*

Have the latest DSM available yet?
post #153 of 359
Works well on HP microserver with hacked bios,but after reboot - HP N40L microservwer bios reset to default.
And then 5th disk is not seen by Synology.
post #154 of 359
Has anyone tried installing it on a Mac mini server?
post #155 of 359
I tried to load the image file(SynoBoot_3612xs_4.1++.img , bootloader image) into win32diskimager but I get an error saying the file doesn't exist.
post #156 of 359
Make sure that when you extract the SynoBoot_3612xs_4.1++.img file it says that it's 200mb in size. Also, if you're using windows 7, run win32diskimager as administrator. I had the same error and that took care of it.
post #157 of 359
I was able to install it on an old Dell Vostro 1000 laptop running AMD cpu and 1.5GB of ram. Im using it to run a few cameras I have at home and it's so much faster than my DS211j. What a difference. I still want to get the DS412+ but saving $650 to get it in the mean time.
post #158 of 359
Just sold my Synology 212j and moved up to a 4 bay Qnap 419p+.
I have an urge to build a server using the op's listed Asus mobo with 8 gb ram. This stuff is all new to me, so please bear with me.
Common sense would tell me ( I'm not known for having such) the build would be much faster than the Qnap unit.
Am I correct?
Thanks
post #159 of 359
Are you able to update from 4.1 to 4.2 via the gui interface? I am looking at doing this too but would like to run 4.2 as it has features I need for my VMware HomeLab like ISCSI Snapshots.
post #160 of 359
It says 0 in the size. Do you have another link where I can download from?
post #161 of 359
Make sure to use the unzip program stated in the procedures. I tried using windows default unzipping program and got 0 size for that IMG file too.
post #162 of 359
Anyone have problem with the disk hibernation? Although I've set the disk to hibernate after 10 minutes in DSM power option, it seems it won't hibernate.
post #163 of 359
Quote:
Originally Posted by lan_baba View Post

Anyone have problem with the disk hibernation? Although I've set the disk to hibernate after 10 minutes in DSM power option, it seems it won't hibernate.
From previous posts, it seems like hard drive spindown and hibernation don't work. Probably something to do with synology's own hardware vs. something generic.
post #164 of 359
Can anyone make a recommendation on a motherboard, or even any of those thousands of real (dell,hp,ibm) servers eBay has($100-$300) I could buy to make one of these? I been looking but cant seem to find any with all the hardware requirements.
post #165 of 359
The op listed this one:
ASUSTeK COMPUTER E35M1-I
post #166 of 359
I'm seriously thinking about doing this! Recently got an N54L and have yet to open the box. I'd like the ability of the RAID to be expanded as needed and it's overall flexibility.

Recently installed a Synology box for a client and was very impressed. One thing I discussed with them was data recovery: what happens if some of the drives and / or the box fails and the only way to get data is to put the raw drives in another box (assume worst case with no help from Synology - assume they're out of business for example). It was explained that the SHR is like a Linux RAID and any good Linux person could reconstruct the data on another box. How true or accurate is that?

Also, I'd like to use the box as a Time Machine target for one or two Macs. Any comments about that?

Finally, can I start with the stock 250GB drive then later add more drives to create a RAID? (I'm pretty sure the answer to that is yes, but will I ever be able to remove that original 250GB drive and fill the box with 4TB drives biggrin.gif without reinstalling?
post #167 of 359
Hi Rick,

I can offer partial answers:
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Originally Posted by RickStrobel View Post

. . . what happens if some of the drives and / or the box fails and the only way to get data is to put the raw drives in another box (assume worst case with no help from Synology - assume they're out of business for example). It was explained that the SHR is like a Linux RAID and any good Linux person could reconstruct the data on another box. How true or accurate is that?
For the reasons you just mentioned, I stuck to RAID-1 - I have four drives in two RAID-1 volumes.

When using RAID-1, the volumes are straight Linux EXT-3 partitions. There are three: a small partition for the Synology system, a small partition for the swap-file, and the remainder of the disk for your data. If you take any one of the drives and plug it into any Linux system, the third partition is accessible as a standard EXT3 file system, and all of your data for that volume is available.

Of course, that won't be the case with the other forms of raid, as you would need all but one or two of the drives. Whether Synology's RAID conforms to some available Linux RAID, I don't know.

Quote:
Finally, can I start with the stock 250GB drive then later add more drives to create a RAID? (I'm pretty sure the answer to that is yes, but will I ever be able to remove that original 250GB drive and fill the box with 4TB drives biggrin.gif without reinstalling?
I started with 250gB drives, and I'm now using 2tB drives. For RAID-1, the upgrade path is easy:

Swap one of the smaller drives for a larger one.
When Synology complains that the RAID is broken ("degraded"), allow it to rebuild.
When the rebuild is done (a couple of hours), swap the other drive for a larger one.
When Synology again complains that the RAID is broken, allow it to rebuild again.
When that rebuild is done, expand the volume to the full size of the discs (a few minutes).

I've used this process a number of times now, and never had a hiccup.
post #168 of 359
Thanks Mark!

Do I have to start out with a RAID-1 like you did? Was thinking I'd just try it out with the single 250GB drive. Then maybe convert it to RAID or maybe I'd have to reinstall.
post #169 of 359
Looks like that's a discontinued board. I am guessing none of the newer boards will work with this?
post #170 of 359
You can still pick up that board on Ebay.
post #171 of 359
Quote:
Originally Posted by johnnyneverdies View Post

If anyone else is having trouble getting the VM to work, here's how I got it to work with Virtualbox:

1) Change Mac address to 00:11:32:08:D6:2A
2) Add a SATA 0 drive to the VM
3) Don't forget to have DHCP server running
4) Run the Synology Assistant and click search
5) Right click on your device and click install
6) Let it run and install
7) Mine VM showed a Grub 22 error so I shutdown the VM and deleted the SynoBoot_3612xs_4.1++.vdi in my VM dir
8) Recopied the original SynoBoot_3612xs_4.1++.vdi that I downloaded here and copied it into my VM dir
9) Started the VM
10) Searched again in the Synology Assistant and right clicked on the device and finished configuration

Hope this helps.

Anytime i reboot after above procedure i get an grub 22 error.
Is there a fix for that?
post #172 of 359
Good day.

Thanks for this great work
I have successfully installed Synology on my HP Microserver.

How ever.

I did use small 60GB HDD in sata_0 port in the install.

Now I have the 4GB USB internal to boot off. ( I think )

can I take out the HDD from the Sata_0 port ? ???

I would like to use my 4 2TB WD RED in the 4 slots on the Microserver

BW

Selur

PS: I tried to shut down my Microserver and pulled out the 60GB and came up with error 17.. so I had to start all over :-)
Edited by selur2 - 5/5/13 at 1:58pm
post #173 of 359
Quote:
Originally Posted by selur2 View Post

Good day.

Thanks for this great work
I have successfully installed Synology on my HP Microserver.

How ever.

I did use small 60GB HDD in sata_0 port in the install.

Now I have the 4GB USB internal to boot off. ( I think )

can I take out the HDD from the Sata_0 port ? ???

I would like to use my 4 2TB WD RED in the 4 slots on the Microserver

BW

Selur

PS: I tried to shut down my Microserver and pulled out the 60GB and came up with error 17.. so I had to start all over :-)
Just put your RED drives in and boot to the USB. Build your volumes with those drives and you should be OK.
post #174 of 359
Thanks for this

Every thing up and running.

2 x 2TB Raid 1 setup.

Like the simplicity of this.

Question: How stable is this kind of setup ?
- would you trust this with your family photos?


Or should I use windows server ?


BW

Selur
Edited by sELUR - 5/6/13 at 11:49am
post #175 of 359
Quote:
Originally Posted by sELUR View Post


Question: How stable is this kind of setup ?
- would you trust this with your family photos?


Or should I use windows server ?
I don't trust anything, Windows or otherwise, and backup all my data to the cloud. (Dropbox, Box, Carbonite, Crashplan, etc.)
post #176 of 359
Quote:
Originally Posted by blipszyc View Post

I don't trust anything, Windows or otherwise, and backup all my data to the cloud. (Dropbox, Box, Carbonite, Crashplan, etc.)
. . . And I don't trust the cloud either (clouds can dissipate). I backup everything to external discs and keep them in a safety-deposit-box at my bank.

It would be a mistake to think a RAID is any substitute for a backup. I've made that mistake.
post #177 of 359
No matter where one backs-up, be it disks, cloud or tape (ugh), the point is that nothing is stable enough to rely on. Considering this is an unsupported solution, it would be foolish to trust important data to this only.
post #178 of 359
Anyone else have any other suggestion of more current modern motherboards/processors that would work with this and are easily available for purchase. The E35M1-I, you cant find on eBay, unless you get the deluxe/c60 version which I am not sure if its the same thing. Also I would prefer not to get a HP micro server cause I would like more performance.

Thanks
post #179 of 359
I think any of the more current motherboards will work. You just have to make sure they have matching hardware to the first page, paying mos attention to the network adapter. Seems like everything else will work as long as you can get a network connection. Many folks have had success with the pre-built N40L or N54L if you want something already built and ready to go.
post #180 of 359
/peteythestriker, there are 2 Asus E35M1-m boards on EBay right now,kinda pricey at $150+, but they have the same specs as the e35m1-I.
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