One year later...Docker: no, except what official Synology packages use it for.
What I do use it for: file sharing and archiving; various media servers; private cloud services (photos and docs); archive mail server (forwarded from a paid Internet service); DNS server; LDAP server for SRM VPN Plus; web server.
Running but not actively used: calendar and contacts, as these are working ok with iCloud.
Let's talk again in 6 months . Well done indeed m8. Put those drives to good use.One year later...
Docker: Yes. Running AirConnect, FreshRSS (with PostreSQL), and an occasional iPerf 3 server. Plus, as of today, Portainer.
Various media servers now includes a Plex with Plex Pass:
- Initially was only to have an audio player app on Apple TV HD/4K linked to the NAS
- Now fully setup (local access only) with multiple libraries, including audiobooks and one for re-listen-worthy podcast files.
- Using Prologue on iOS for streaming Plex audiobooks and Bookplayer if I just want to download via iOS Files and DS file
Thanks for the welcome. The situation there is that it is primarily my wifes work PC and as she gets most work done via remote connection there are very few files that are actually needed on the machine itself and these are generally shared via Dropbox and OneDrive. There are no locally stored files, photos etc to worry about.Welcome, @tekguru! Seems like you have already put that NAS to work. As a suggestion for backing up your non-Apple PC, you might have a look at Active Backup for Business package. Backup up Mac via that app is also in plan and was announced last year. It should follow DSM7 release at some point, so it might not be a bad idea to start using it. Works great.
Not really, but if you are looking to use a "backup my pc for a full bare metal restore" scenario, then you can use ABB for that as well (apart from the file backup method).So in that situation would Active Backup for Business be that worthwhile?
I've got to say that is a decent bit of writing. As an ex-IT Admin, and ex-blogger is is appreciated. I may well consider implementing ABB to back up certain folders from the workstation. The ability to do a full bare metal restore is pretty damned cool, but to be honest if I can't rebuild it quick enough I need shooting In either case I've bookmarked the articleNot really, but if you are looking to use a "backup my pc for a full bare metal restore" scenario, then you can use ABB for that as well (apart from the file backup method).
A while back I wrote a short article for the most common usage of ABB, so if you want, have a read:
Smart!If the machine fails hardware wise then we'd buy her a Mac as a replacement as I'm moving the family in that direction.
You are not missing anything. Drive is a perfect solution for backup and Dropbox alternatives. ABB is a free home and enterprise solution that as an all in one offers VM backup from both VMWare and HyperV so it might look like overkill, sure. Still, Drive will serve you well in this case, especially if you are not running multiple win desktop machines that require complete drive backup.Or am I missing something important?
Thank you, appreciate it.I've got to say that is a decent bit of writing
Thanks for that - decision made then Drive it is.Smart!
You are not missing anything. Drive is a perfect solution for backup and Dropbox alternatives. ABB is a free home and enterprise solution that as an all in one offers VM backup from both VMWare and HyperV so it might look like overkill, sure. Still, Drive will serve you well in this case, especially if you are not running multiple win desktop machines that require complete drive backup.
Thank you, appreciate it.
Upgrades are more ok then not but I wouldn’t recommend day1 updates (not even close), especially if this is your only NAS.Thanks for that - decision made then Drive it is.
Just read your info on DSM 7 and it looks to be impressive. I'm using Synology C2 for NAS backup (as well as the external drive) so the hybrid storage features look like they could be very useful and simply my usage scenarios.
As I'm a NAS newbie I'm hoping that DSM upgrades are painless things!
You could try and use the same dhcp subnet but limit the scope of each so they don't overlap.The main reason I got it was for backups. I'm still using it for that, but i'm also now additionally running:
Perhaps the only annoying thing is that the DHCP server will sometimes fail to give out an ip address (I have it set to give my laptop the same ip every time). This may be due to still having the DHCP server enabled on my router, and them conflicting with each other (they are both set to give out different ranges within the same subnet), but I don't want to disable it on the router as my dad wouldn't know how to reboot the NAS if it needed it (nor do I really wish to give him access to it).