BrianAz

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    Upgrade strategy

    I'm following this thread closely. I've also got nanoboot with 5.0-4482. I very much would like to move to the XPEnoboot option but am not sure if it's as simple as downloading it to my USB and clicking upgrade on boot. I don't have a whole lot of important things on the array so I may just give it a shot. Though the mention of notifications not working does worry me a bit. Mine is a physical machine though. It overheats when I rsync large files so I think the fan/heatsink is dying and needs replacing. Once that's done I'll see if I can find time to upgrade to XPEnoboot.
  2. No, I started with 6x 3TB and DSM 5.0-4528 Update 2.I haven't read of serious problems to expand in this release. ... There seem to be much more problems in 5.1 with expand and repair! Thanks for the info. From what I have read, I think I will stay at 5.0-4528 and try to expand my raid 6 in a few weeks when I get my next drive. I will update this post with results to confirm for others as I've not found anyone who has posted confirming raid 6 expansion by adding a new drive is working in 5.0-4528.
  3. I currently have a 4x2TB RAID 6 array on DSM 5.0-4528. Are you saying above that you were able to successfully expand your array with this DSM version (or I guess you're running update 2)? I don't have my 5th disk yet, but am trying to figure out if I should expect any issues expanding to a 5x2TB RAID 6 array. Thx
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    Why must be ESXi for XPEnology?

    I run ESXi on a small Shuttle box, so I've not had an opportunity to do much passthrough but my understanding is that you must passthrough at the controller level. So if you passed your onboard SATA ports, you'd pass ALL of them (unless you have multiple onboard SATA controllers I guess). I have a similar setup to Diverge with WMC running under ESXi. Presently, it's recording to a local 2TB disk but I'm setting up a XPEnology machine to move my recording to it via iSCSI. If that goes well, I'll then look to see if I can figure out a stable way to present more than 2TB to WMC for recording. Just moved up to 7 tuners and I'll have the storage available under XPEnology, so why not? Don't know how I'll do it yet. I guess my options are to present multiple 2TB LUNs to ESXi, turn them into virtual disks and then span them within the windows VM. Or I suppose I could use the built-in MS iSCSI initiator in W7 to use a larger LUN directly. Not sure how stable either option would be.
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    DSM 5.0-4493 Update 4

    I just finally got around to updating mine and had the same exact warning on my first boot.. rebooting now... i hope my volume comes back. worst case I'd need to redo everything from a backup. For a few minutes I thought they were gone on 2nd reboot, but it seems it hung on the reboot and was still stuck in previous state. had to force a reboot from esxi VM console and saw my volume soon as it booted.. hope it stays that way Good luck. Please let me know if it doesn't . Thx
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    GA-EP45-UD3R Works

    I cannot say for sure what will happen but I think it will work the same. I found this post earlier though which seems to support that it is simply any Gigabyte motherboard with the DualBios feature.http://xpenology.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=519#p3546
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    GA-EP45-UD3R Works

    This is interesting. If I'm not mistaken, I think my Volume 1 and Volume 2 changed places. I didn't do anything to make this happen. I wonder if the bios checksum resets had something to do with it.... Everything appears OK so far. Edit: Yep, look @ this post. Labeled the same, but reversed in the GUI. Everything OK still. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3806&start=10#p23090
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    GA-EP45-UD3R Works

    Ok. Did the following test: Scheduled Shutdown, Scheduled Startup three times in a row with no intervention needed. The "workaround" of the motherboard identifying the checksum error and automatically reverting to last known good... then booting a second time without error into XPEnology, worked each time without issue. The time until the system is ready is obviously slightly longer than usual as it is booting twice each time. See schedule and corresponding log entries below: Note: Each time the XPEnology came online for a 90 seconds or so, I clicked around and "used" the device until it shutdown with the next scheduled shutdown. I did not touch any of the scheduled Startup/Shutdown tasks once I began the test. Mostly clicked around the file manager. Everything was fine. 23:33 - Shutdown 23:36 - Startup (1) - XPEnology log @ 23:37:25 23:39 - Shutdown 23:42 - Startup (2) - XPEnology log @ 23:43:25 23:45 - Shutdown 23:48 - Startup (3) - XPEnology log @ 23:49:25 Log before test: Scheduled Startup/Shutdown tasks: Log after test:
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    GA-EP45-UD3R Works

    3TB drive working great! Here are some captures showing the storage stats and volume: And of the network monitor while I'm filling the 3TB up: Will update when drive is loaded.
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    GA-EP45-UD3R Works

    In double checking my BIOS settings, I discovered a SATA port was set to IDE. Changing it to AHCI fixed things right away. So now, using the 3 TB drive I can fully reboot from the DSM GUI back into XPEnology. No more popping the drive out mid-boot to get things up and running again. This is all perplexing to me as I was not expecting 3TB drives to work on this motherboard. I don't recall ever flashing the firmware with anything special, though this board is 6 years old or so. Who knows? I don't feel comfortable saying this is working on an untouched F12 bios direct from Gigabyte. It is working great though! I am filling up the entire 3TB. Once that's done, I will run through a couple additional scheduled power-on tests for liukuohao and then I will move the 3TB disk to the other SATA controller and see what happens. I forget which is which at the moment, but I've got my 2 disks split on the two controllers, so I know they both work to some degree.
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    GA-EP45-UD3R Works

    Hello liukuohao. When I made the video, I did the full test 2-3 times with no issue. As mentioned, I have moved on to trying 3TB drives on this motherboard w/ XPEnology. At present, there is an issue where I am not able to boot with the 3TB drive connected. So I am unable to perform your requested test again. Buy this motherboard at your own risk. It works very well for my purposes so far but there may be variables that have not been discussed in this thread which may change the behavior for you. As an example, I know there is a revision 1.0 and 1.1 of this motherboard. I do not know what the difference is or what it means. Or perhaps you use iSCSI? I haven't tested that yet... It looks like this motherboard may be for sale for ~$15 USD on ebay, so I don't think it's that much money to risk . Enjoy.
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    GA-EP45-UD3R Works

    Well...well...well...BrainAz, you have done it again, uploading your video recording on youtube to show you that your Gigabyte Dual Bios Motherboard is really the cure for the infamous bios resetting problem. Can I buy you a jug of beer to celebrate your success? LOL Unless, someone out in the forum can counter prove your evidence, I am going to hunt down a old gigabyte motherboard with Dual Bios feature! Thank you for sharing! No problem. Good luck!
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    GA-EP45-UD3R Works

    I had some time to take a video of the boot behavior of the GA-EP45-UD3R today. I have posted to youtube with notations (be sure to enable to follow what is happening in video). It appears the "Dual-BIOS"/Backup BIOS feature of this motherboard allows the use of the power-on schedule feature without manual intervention. While I would say it's certainly not an ideal situation, the automatic backup bios recovery/reboot process is a viable workaround. I'm moving on with this motherboard now to test 2TB+ support. I've located a custom bios which is supposed to provide this ability. Will report back if this works. I have a drive on the way now.
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    cctv recording

    Hmmm.. I had read some less than stellar reviews of Synology's Surveillance Station long ago. Sounds like I'll have to give it a try.
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    cctv recording

    I use this http://blueirissoftware.com/. It runs on a Windows VM and uses my DS414 for storage via iSCSI. Once I get comfortable with XPEnology, I intend to migrate the iSCSI to it for my cameras.