I currently own Synology, with my own porting set up (their list of routers isn't up to date), and my own access from internet (less dependent on Syno account).
I think I do have basic understanding of DSM after owning it for several years.
I do not have basic understanding of what Xpenology does, because there is not coherent guide and introduction. It also doesn't help that when someone mentions a reference, they either don't provide the link (hyperlink), or the hyperlink is invalid.
IMO, the problem is not my lack of understanding Synology, but lack of organization of basic information on this site. The best product is worthless, if user guide is not user-friendly.
Ater 20+ hours it is unclear to me:
- Exactly WHAT is Jun's loader? Is it:
IMG+ VMDK file
IMG + VMDK + some other patch files?
The answer to that questions should be straight forward and mere seconds. This is important, because some guides show reference to IMG file only, while others to both IMG and VMDK files. It's important for users to know WHAT they are looking for, and when they download it to KNOW whether it is complete (set of files) or not.
That should have been stated here:
and it isn't. It says what bootloader DOES, but not what it IS in terms of ACTUAL FILES that user need to download from Xpenology.com!
It should have stated: "Bootloader is ONE/A SET of files" and "here is an example of a Bootlader file name", "and "here is where you find all bootloaders: hyperlink"
What is the AUTHORITATIVE SOURCE for Jun's loader?
In other words, where is ONE single page that lists them. Is it this:
- Does the user generate VMDK from IMG, or must VDMK be downloaded from this website (and from where)?
I've seen some users providing reference to already pre-made VMDK, while others state one must generate their own VMDK using image converter.
- Exactly WHAT and WHY needs to be modified in .IMG image file? (Or maybe IMG and VMDK file). What happens if it's NOT modified
MAC (I assume without this Synology cannot be detected on network)
Where are SN generators?
Here: https://github.com/brianpow/synology-sn-mac-generator/blob/master/Synology NAS Serial Number and MAC address Generator for Mobile Browser.htm
or here: https://idmedia.no/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Synology-mod-new.xlsm
If it's somehwere on Xpenology forum, where?
It should take mere seconds for knowledgable person to create a table, with first column listing changes required, second stating how to do it, third, why it's needed, and foruth what happens if these changes are not made. This needs to be done ONCE ONLY!
This is vaguely and incompletely explained here:
Personally, I could not care less for Syno services (nor for their support, who damaged the volume on my harddrive during one of their "support" sessions, when attempting to clean up the mess that iDrive created). I don't trust any of my data running through their service, so I set up my own service. With personal VPN, DDNS and correct ports configured, I can access my NAS from anywhere, without Syno "service" (if you insist calling it a "service").
- Exactly how to set up Jun's Loader in ESXI?
- The way EVERY one of these OSs are installed in ESXI , aside from USB, (Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Mac OS, Windows 11, Linux Oracle) is by:
- Uploading ISO image (ISO!, not VMDK or IMG) to data storage
- Creating VM
- Adding CD/DVD drive
- pointing CD/DVD drive to ISO file
- Adding Hard drive, where system and files will be installed - it's THAT EASY!
It's not only easy, but it's logical and takes seconds to learn, BECAUSE(!) it replicates the process all of us have done at least once in our lives. Majority has installed an OS either from CD/DVD (up until 5 or so years ago) or from USB drive (more recently).
If Xpenology does it differently, it's logical to point that out and provide detailed, explicit and explanatory guide on how to do it, with image shots. This can be done ONCE only. I can't imagine this would require more than 30 minutes to do it.
What would you choose: Spend an hour creating a complete, thorough User Guide or spend hours answering newbies questions?
Xpenology does not have ISO file, but VMDK and IMG. Xpenology doesn't need CD/DVD drive to load the image, and this is nowhere stated.
It's not clear whether user needs ONE, TWO, or more Hard drives to install Synology on a PC that has one HDD/SDD; let alone when more HDDs are involved.
It's not clear whether harddrives for Xpenology/Synology need to be thin or thick provisioned. I've seen guides where users SWORE that only one option should be choosen (the opposite, of course).
The reason I chose to instal ESXI on bare metal is exclusively because I wanted to run several OSs including pfSense.