flyride

Tutorial/Reference: 6.x Loaders and Platforms

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In addition to bricked boxes due to inattentive upgrades, there seems to be a surge of questions regarding how to select a DSM platform, version and loader.

I created this table to help navigate the options and current state of the loaders.  While situations rapidly change, this should be correct as of the listed date.

 

6.x Loaders and Platforms as of 20 Oct 2018
Loader Platform DSM version Kernel DSM /dev/dri support DSM NVMe cache support Boot method NIC 6.2.1+ CPU Requirement
1.04b DS918 6.2+ 4.4 Yes Yes EFI or Legacy BIOS n/a Haswell equivalent or later
1.03b DS3615 or
DS3617
6.2+ 3.10 No No Legacy BIOS only Intel (baremetal)
e1000 (ESXi)
Sandy bridge equivalent or later
1.02b DS916

6.0.3 to 6.1.7

3.10 Yes No EFI or Legacy BIOS n/a Sandy bridge equivalent or later
1.02b DS3615 6.0.3 to 6.1.7 3.10 No No EFI or Legacy BIOS n/a Sandy bridge equivalent or later
1.02b DS3617 6.0.3 to 6.1.6* 3.10 No No EFI or Legacy BIOS n/a Sandy bridge equivalent or later
1.01 DS916 or
DS3615 or
DS3617
6.0 to 6.0.2 3.10 No No EFI or Legacy BIOS n/a Sandy bridge equivalent or later

* 6.1.7 on DS3617 is incompatible with ESXi installation

 

Spoiler

[20/10/2018] Updated for 1.04b loader

 

Edited by flyride
Added spoiler for change log
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