Admittedly the process in the old guide wasn’t always roses. Crashplan would push out an update and that update would, at times, break the Synology Crashplan client from PC Load Letter and backups would stop running for a couple days – maybe a week. Patters being the awesome guy he is, usually updated his Synology Crashplan package quickly and all was good again.
Then last year in DSM 5.2, Synology added support for Docker which opened up the possibility to run all sorts of software in a virtual container running on your Synology NAS. One such software being Crashplan and below I’m going to show how I now have Crashplan running in Docker on my Synology DS1815+ NAS!
Synology has officially released DSM 6.0 (build 7321), offering a number of new features, functionality, and security improvements. Some of the most talked about features being the addition of Btrfs File System, SpreadSheet package (think Google Sheets) and the ability to run multiple virtual DSM environments within a single Synology NAS.
Just last week I replaced my Synology DS412+ to with a Synology DS1815+, which has twice the drive bays with the addition of supporting two expansion units, a much more powerful CPU, and 2GB RAM out of the box.
I’ve seen some people mention with very mixed results that both the Synology DS1515+ and Synology DS1815+ can be upgraded to 16GB of RAM, the biggest issue seems to be around what memory modules to use. So I figured I’d document how I upgraded my DS1815+ to 16GB RAM and what memory I used with success.
For the past week I was given the chance to abuse use and review the Synology DS415+ NAS, a NAS which is aimed at small businesses or home users that need extra horsepower (such as a VMware home lab).
The Synology DS415+ is the replacement for the Synology DS412+, in fact by looking at the two units you really can’t tell them apart aside from the model number printed on the lower left corner of the hard drive cover plate. The real differences between the Synology DS412+ and Synology DS415+ isn’t on the outside but what’s inside.
Synology has released DSM 5.2-5644 which upgrades PHP to version 5.5.30 that patches several vulnerabilities found in the older version of PHP. In addition DSM 5.2-5644 also improves stability across many different functions such as Btrfs file system, FTP connections, NTP service. DSM 5.2-5644 also takes care of the issue where a DSM critical patch could not be manually uploaded when the system was in a Hybrid HA cluster.