blue max

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  1. Thank you. Yes, I always try to find the simplest solution that gives long-term security. I have two machines, but have had some hairy moments (was it 6.0 that worked for a few days and then failed - I did one and figured it was ok and did the other). Hopefully version 7.0 will be manageable going forward.
  2. Thank you for confirming this. I moved over to the external NIC some time ago now. Wonder if I should move back to this, though know nothing about adding custom izma's. Probably won't risk it now.
  3. I have the identical hardware EXCEPT for the ethernet card. I can personally vouch for the NC360L and NC364L on the (Gen7) N54L's and an Intel EXPI9402P on the Gen8. I believe they all use the same driver. I would make a new usb stick and insert a spare hard drive (if you have one) and see if that works. If it doesn't, you can always swop your system back. Failing that, have a look back over the thread and see what driver is being used. If it tallies with mine or is on the confirmed list, you're probably ok. Sorry I can't be more help, but I don't have that
  4. My understanding is the Gen8 doesn't have a modern enough processor to use DS918+ (even with a Xeon). Therefore it will tie us to DS3615XS for as long as it stays operational. Synology made a change to mean it needed an Intel network card. Hopefully nothing else will change and we can at least get security updates going forward.
  5. Please see my follow up thread. But to summarise, yes it should work (I've only done on Gen7's so far). You can only use DS3615XS and must disable the on-board NIC. I've been creating a new usb stick and removing the drives (marking order carefully) and using a spare disk to get it up and running first. Realise this is risky and any update may brick the nas from now on. I will probably try with a spare box first.
  6. And the four port version (HP NC364T) confirmed as working under DSM3615xs. Can't get 3617 to work at all. You do need the shorter bracket if you're looking to buy either one. I've also got an Intel version of the two port one coming (with longer bracket sadly). Intel EXPI9402PT. Just to see if this gives any benefit for my main server. Bit of a minefield, but hope that helps microserver owners. Although, who can say how long this will 'fix' the updates for.
  7. I've done a ton of research and from my findings, the four port HP NC364T also uses the 82571 chipset like the 360T, so should also work. I've got a couple coming to test and will update the thread. It's so good not to see the system update nag!
  8. Well, that was on a gen7, but I can't see why it wouldn't work on a gen8. I can only say it worked on mine. I was able to update to the latest DSM. I'd suggest making another usb stick and removing your hard drives (and marking to keep the order). Then add a spare one and test the hardware first.
  9. - Outcome of the installation/update: SUCCESSFUL - DSM version prior update: DSM 6.2-23729 (fresh install) - Loader version and model: Jun's Loader v1.03b - DS3615xs - Using custom extra.lzma: NO - Installation type: BAREMETAL - N54L DS3615XS with HP NC360T card - Additional comments: Built-in NIC disabled. I couldn't get DS3617SX to work.
  10. Well, what do you know! Baremetal N54L DS3615XS with HP NC360T card. Built-in NIC disabled. Shuts down successfully. So, I can deduce that DS3617SX doesn't work.
  11. Indeed. But it was a minimal investment and was worth the attempt. I am running the DS3617XS, so that might make a difference, but was unable to switch for some reason. Maybe I should have removed the card and activated the onboard nic, but it's all further work for little real gain. I suppose the next big push with be for DSM 7, so will be resigned to sticking to 6.2. If it goes beyond, it will be a bonus anyway.
  12. I actually did buy the HP NC360T nic on the strength of this post... (his signature shows...) Config 1 BAREMETAL: HP G7 N54L Amd Turion Néo II + 4 Go + 1x HD 1,8To (OS + packages) + 3x HD 2,7 To (DATA) + HP NC360T PCI Express Dual Port Gigabit Server Adapter - Internal NIC disabled - xpenology 1.03b DS 3615 XS DSM 6.2.1-23824 Update 4 - EATON USB 650 with server NUT on Raspberry 3 (stretch)
  13. Of course, DSM 7 may change everything and that's likely to be out quite soon from what I've read. Think it's time to sit tight for now.
  14. Thank you once again. I have only really been looking at the Microserver updates, but maybe I should broaden my reading to include any. Is there a resource that shows what cards are based on 82574L?
  15. I had to use the command lspci -tv to see. I have a 105E, which is not on the list for the 918+, but I'm not using that. This is an HP NC360T card. I've had no luck installing DS3615XS. It shows as migrate, but gives a 169 IP address and won't have anything to do with it. I've rather given up for now. Cost me at least a day's work too.
  16. OK, then I wonder if it is the DS3615xs being more compatible? I'm using that network card and not having any luck either on a gen7. And haven't been able to install the 3615 either.
  17. Well, in DSM it showed as 1, 2 & 3. But I have disabled the on-board NIC to stop it trying to use it. And bonded my two ports as one. I threw a blank disk into my 6.2 U2 setup and then booted up from that to make a clean 6.2 U2 setup. That worked fine, but when I updated to 6.2.1, it didn't even try to read the disk. I put my old usb stick in and it booted as 6.2, so it obviously writes something to the usb stick. I'm going to try to update with the stick removed and see if that helps the situation. But it's not looking promising unfortunately.
  18. Appreciate the answer Flyride. Can you point me to where I would find the info within Synology please? Or is it not when running baremetal?
  19. At the risk of sounding stupid, what do those numbers refer to please? And how to find a device ID? Is it a PC thing (I'm on a mac) perhaps?
  20. Conflicting results. I'm not sure if it's the NIC. Maybe nelss didn't disable the on-board nic?
  21. No, but I think 1.04b loader and 918+ are linked. This is what I based my understanding on: This is an INTERMEDIATE update of DSM. BE CAUTIOUS WHEN UPDATING TO DSM 6.2.1 with Jun's loader 1.03a2 or 1.03b or earlier. You may brick your box because of a change in the kernel config that breaks all non official PCIe devices drivers. This has been confirmed by Jun. So, upgrading the network card may be all that is required (for now!).
  22. Well, it is clear the new bootloader 1.04b (I think) which is based on the 918+, uses newer cpu's than are on the microservers (even the xeon). But I understood the only thing holding back an update to 6.2.1 for us using 1.03b/DS36xxSX, was the requirement for an Intel based NIC. I believe that's correct anyway.
  23. Well, adding an Intel nic is only about £10-15, so a worthwhile investment if it prolongs the lifespan. But I'm hoping this will be the case. We need to hear the pros and cons of course from someone who has actually done it and has a better overview of the situation. The beauty of the microservers, was that there were many of them in the field and it wasn't too difficult to find someone else who had the same setup. Therefore not too much of a risk updating. If people just stick at 6.2, it will be more risky in future. Though I've been burnt chasing the latest and greate
  24. Hi all and just looking for some clarification on how best to proceed please. I have N54L's (stock) and a Gen 8 (xeon E3 1265L v2). All running 6.2 update 2 with 1.03b and DS3617XS successfully. I realise that this is the end of the road unless I add a PCIE network card using Intel chipset and ordered an HP NC360T (dual gig), which came today. I have installed it in an N54L and it works perfectly. I'm able to log into DSM via the original on-board and have changed the network setting on the NC360T to suit my network and am also able to login to DSM via that.
  25. Those SSD's are insane!!!!! I want! I've got an Intel network card coming for a tenner, so I'll just enjoy being as up-to-date as I can for now. I think the 918+ is a consumer product, so probably wouldn't make the most of my Xeon E3 processor? Hopefully we'll be alright for a while yet.