XPEnology ~ Synology DSM Update
Been playing/using/implementing XPEnology ~ Synology for years since the DSM4.2 era, now my typical setup as follows :
I used to setup big mobo NAS footprint, over the years I've learned/experienced/evolved, now I prefer to settle down with fanless ITX mobo (J1900/N3150) with smaller NAS box, decentralise each NAS with it's own objective/purpose :
NAS1 - Main NAS storing all files/docs, notes, photo-station/chat, NFS, etc.
NAS2 - Schedule weekly auto-backup using Shared Folder Sync.
NAS3 - Stagging/testing, general sharing files/docs/photos.
NAS4 - Mainly multimedia (video/music) and non-essential stuff; also use for general backup box purpose.
Managed to setup/issue Let's Encrypt SSL for each NAS box with it's own DDNS/NoIP hostname base on dynamic IP (PPPoE WAN IP). It's important to have proper "green-lock" https/SSL, especially when accessing those NASes remotely using mobile apps or desktop.
So mainly only the NAS1 is schedule to auto-on and auto-off daily, the rest of NASes only turn on when needed, lesser power consumption/noise and smaller footprint, been happy with this setup for years now
Been updating/upgrading since DSM6~6.1~6.2, so far so good, all NASes are up to date with the current latest DSM6.2.3-25426-update2
Each time after the update/upgrade, I'll perform backup task using Shared Folder Sync function, just to make sure there's no degration or any issue after the update/upgrade:
Mostly I use custom ITX mobo with J1900, 8 Sata ports and dual Intel NIC ports, NAS box footprint is much smaller than using PC casing :
Previously I used the custom ITX mobo with 12Sata dual Intel NIC:
Now the improved custom ITX mobo version with 8 Sata dual Intel NIC looks like this :
These custom ITX mobo is really robust and durable, I believe it's made for factory/industrial usage, been using it for many years on daily basis without any issue, longer lifespan than my NAS drives
So far up to now DSM6.2.3, these custom ITX mobo still does not require any mod-file (the extra.lzma stuff), can still use Jun's loader (kudos/credit/thanks to @jun ) with DS3615xs pack without any issue.
If without the PCIe Intel dual NIC, I've also tested the above non-Intel mobos using the current mod-file (extra.lzma, extra2.lzma... --> kudos/credit/thanks to @IG-88 ), so far is working with current latest DSM6.2.3 without any issue.