The switch from FreeNAS to Synology

I am not sure how long I have been using FreeNAS but its was during v9.x and I used it up to v11.2. 11.2 was leaps and bounds nicer to look at than v10. Still had some issues but over all served its purpose.

One day in the FreeNAS channel someone mentioned Synology and I started watching video’s on it and instantly I regretted not moving to that sooner.

So I made the decision to buy a new Synology box, one that supports 8 drives because I had 4TB just lying around and had already gotten 4x12TB drives for the FreeNAS. It was actually cheaper to buy the Synology box than it was for the FreeNAS box.

I was NOT disappointed and I continue to admire how it all seamlessly work. Accessing the desktop is all web based and its super nice, to boot its the same as accessing it remotely. On top of that Synology gives you a free way to access it which is very cool. Every app that is included can be accessed using this method which makes it super convenient.

One thing I really liked was the BTRFS system where you can add drives of different sizes so right now I have 4x4TB and 4x12TB drives all running in the same enclosure.

Before with FreeNAS, I learned about docker and played a little bit with docker but it was running in a VM and I  didn’t want to run it along with the other VM’s I was already running. Docker was hard to grasp but I would occasionally tinker with it and finally gave up on it as I didn’t see a real need.

Ironically with Synology I am 100% running docker and so far have 15 docker containers running. One of the best features is that as long as you define your mount points, you can upgrade your docker containers quite easily.

CONS:
Surveillance station only allows 2 camera’s, which is really dumb. Should allow 4 or the home use license should be a lot cheaper.

VM Machine only allows 4 VM’s before it also charges 50$ per VM. Again for home use, should be cheaper.

 

NextCloud Drama…kinda

NextCloud is like your own dropbox type of environment, I thought, kewl I can install it and then start to migrate over all of my dropbox and gdrive content.

Yeah well in my head that was the idea and it was grand, there was also naked ladies dancing around as well.

First iteration, I was running the older version of FreeNAS so the plugin was really old (v10), I read that if you upgrade it it breaks so its best just to start with a new version (at this time its v14).

Second iteration was running a script, and it did everything for you and I mean everything so I choose to run it but then I found I could not connect to it from my internal lan.

Third-Six iteration was going back and forth between the plugin and the script trying to figure out why each one took so much work. Each had some work I needed to perform. The plugin required I update and install SSL for nginx and I had a hard time figuring that out so I abandoned it.

Seventh iteration I decided to stick with and post on various forums and I got 0 answers to my questions. This is super frustrating. I must have a website site dedicated to me that says, if this guy asks a question act like you don’t know the answer when you really do because that will just cheese him off and we all find that funny. HA HA HA, jerk!

As it happens, NordVPN has a black Friday sale on there VPN services so I decided to use that. This resolves my issue but still rather expensive solution to run my own cloud setup, however if you break down the numbers its cheaper in the long run.

I did check the forum for the script install and the author is slowly pointing me in the direction I think I need to go.

NAS HD issue

OK so I got my drive replaced through Amazon, slotted it and realized that I never did copy the error report it spit out. So I went to find a utility that could, one would think that the manufacture website would carry such a util, well you would be wrong. It DOES test it but never displays the test results. I read some forums to use HDTUNE util but it was limited and they wanted 34.99 for the pro version.

Really?? OK I am only going to use it occasionally, 34.99 would make sense if that’s all I did but I don’t. I hooked it up to my external docking station and selected, what I thought was the drive, turned out I spend 24 hours testing and fixing my 8TB drive, why? Because reading is hard. Durka der! Found out that my dock wasn’t working so I busted out the spare one I accidentally purchased, which is not as good but it does work and as soon as I connected it, WARNING!

I was curious what was causing this other dock to not work (I like this one better than the spare I got) so I interchanged the usb cable and power supply, turns out I might have not grabbed the right one so it started working with the other power supply, not sure what this one goes to now.

Then I came across CrystalDiskInfo, this gave me what I was looking for and I could see where it was erroring out. Hurray!

NAS ARP Messages

arp: 192.168.1.51 moved from 02:e4:97:00:0a:0a to d0:50:99:c0:88:5c on epair3b
arp: 192.168.1.51 moved from 02:e6:ea:00:09:0a to d0:50:99:c0:88:5c on epair2b
arp: 192.168.1.51 moved from 02:f1:ea:00:08:0a to d0:50:99:c0:88:5c on epair1b
arp: 192.168.1.51 moved from 02:2a:b1:00:07:0a to d0:50:99:c0:88:5c on epair0b
arp: 192.168.1.51 moved from 02:e4:97:00:0a:0a to d0:50:99:c0:88:5c on epair3b
arp: 192.168.1.51 moved from 02:e6:ea:00:09:0a to d0:50:99:c0:88:5c on epair2b
arp: 192.168.1.51 moved from 02:f1:ea:00:08:0a to d0:50:99:c0:88:5c on epair1b
arp: 192.168.1.51 moved from 02:2a:b1:00:07:0a to d0:50:99:c0:88:5c on epair0b
arp: 192.168.1.76 moved from b8:f6:b1:16:b3:15 to b8:c7:5d:cd:86:1f on epair2b
arp: 192.168.1.76 moved from b8:f6:b1:16:b3:15 to b8:c7:5d:cd:86:1f on igb0
arp: 192.168.1.76 moved from b8:f6:b1:16:b3:15 to b8:c7:5d:cd:86:1f on epair2b
arp: 192.168.1.76 moved from b8:f6:b1:16:b3:15 to 00:1f:5b:89:2d:6b on igb0
arp: 192.168.1.76 moved from b8:f6:b1:16:b3:15 to 00:1f:5b:89:2d:6b on epair2b
arp: 192.168.1.76 moved from b8:f6:b1:16:b3:15 to b8:c7:5d:cd:86:1f on epair2b
arp: 192.168.1.74 moved from 00:25:00:f9:b9:06 to b8:c7:5d:cd:86:1f on epair2b
arp: 192.168.1.74 moved from 00:25:00:f9:b9:06 to b8:c7:5d:cd:86:1f on igb0
arp: 192.168.1.74 moved from 00:25:00:f9:b9:06 to b8:c7:5d:cd:86:1f on epair1b

Stared to see these in my logs, I thought I silenced them the last time but looks like it didn’t take so I did the following:

Created a sysctl called net.link.ether.inet.log_arp_movements and set its value to 0

 

NAS issues

Writing this up for later review:

My older NAS HD failed, I never set up notifications and I had built this with RAID0, stripe. Which was fine at first but once you lose an HD you lost everything. I was lucky that I was able to save 90% of the stuff I acquired. Anyways fast forward to now.

I at first ordered 4 WD RED 6TB NAS drives, these are the recommended drives. They were 149$ at the time. (Remember that for later in this article)

One came defective out of the box, I ordered a replacement but it was out of stock and wouldn’t arrive for 3-4 weeks. I didn’t want to wait so I ordered 4 Seagate 6TB NAS drives. These were cheaper. I thought, kewl I will save money. Yeah hindsight is blind, at least in my case.

Almost to the month I started to get failed sectors on one of my drives. I do have to commend Amazon for outstanding customer care, they extended my request for replacement by another month in case my other drives became defective.

Anyways, I was going to swap out my order for the WD RED’s but they jumped to 249$ each….SAD PANDA!! Guess I will have to stick with what I have for now.