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@WiteWulf there is no need to flash a MAC address to you nic if using one of Jun's bootloaders, you just edit "grub.cfg" to reflect your MAC address. Most of us are happily adding the real MAC for our cards

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Cheers @bearcat, dunno where I'd gotten it into my head that the fake Synology MACs where required. FYI, I'm not using (or trying to use) any of their services beyond what's installed on my system.

 

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@WiteWulf Then you should be all ok. As long as you dont "need" services tied to real Syno's, such as HW accellerated transcoding, QC and so on, you can just use your real MAC :-)

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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!

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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.

 

 

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Thank you for opening this topic, it's really helping.

I'm currently on 6.2 update, still afraid to update to 6.2.1.

My intel NIC device ID is 10D3 so it should be recognized but what about the ISCI drives ? Is it going to work through Virtualbox?

 

Here is a screenshot of the drives attached to the VM

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@jcdln Since you are running your NAS as a VM

your potential problems might be more related to your VMhost and its drivers, not DSM it self.

Is your vNAS using a passthrough nic, or a virtual nic?

Somehow I was reading iSCSI drives, but I think you are referring to your Virtual drives, connected to a Virtual diskcontroller?

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@bearcat I think it's a virtual NIC as it doesn't match the host NIC on the terminal below :

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For the iSCSI drives I used the VBoxManage -rawdisk command to dedicate them to the guest but I don't think it's a passthrough since they are not displaying S.M.A.R.T information in DSM UI.

You're right, the guest iSCSI controller is Lsilogic so I guess it's also virtual. I'm still skeptical as I read replies from VM users unable to mount their DSM guest volume after upgrading to 6.2.1. 😧

 

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Not wanting to labour the topic, as I think the info in this thread tells me I "should" be ok to upgrade 6.2.1. But I wouldn't mind a quick opinion on the following please:

 

I have a Microserver Gen8 with an Intel Xeon E3-1265L V2 fitted, along with 16GB RAM. I've put in a 4 port Intel I350-T4 Ethernet adapter and disabled the on-board NIC's. I use the 1.03b for DSM3615xs loader on bare metal mounted on the internal USB port and currently I am on the 6.2 release. I have no other unusual hardware.

 

I was previously using DSM3617xs and when I previously tried to upgrade to 6.2.1 I had the same issue as others on this thread with an unresponsive server. Nothing worked until I rebuilt on DSM3615xs.

 

As I am on now on 1.03b for DSM3615xs, I should be ok to go to 6.2.1 with this hardware? I know there are no guarantees but I'm interested in your opinions.

 

Thanks

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added bare metal for reference

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21 minutes ago, Cobblerkid said:

Not wanting to labour the topic, as I think the info in this thread tells me I "should" be ok to upgrade 6.2.1. But I wouldn't mind a quick opinion on the following please:

 

I have a Microserver Gen8 with an Intel Xeon E3-1265L V2 fitted, along with 16GB RAM. I've put in a 4 port Intel I350-T4 Ethernet adapter and disabled the on-board NIC's. I use the 1.03b for DSM3615xs loader on bare metal mounted on the internal USB port and currently I am on the 6.2 release. I have no other unusual hardware.

 

I was previously using DSM3617xs and when I previously tried to upgrade to 6.2.1 I had the same issue as others on this thread with an unresponsive server. Nothing worked until I rebuilt on DSM3615xs.

 

As I am on now on 1.03b for DSM3615xs, I should be ok to go to 6.2.1 with this hardware? I know there are no guarantees but I'm interested in your opinions.

 

Thanks

 

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 network card.

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Thanks, that's a good idea, I now have a "spare" stick I had used for DSM3617xs, I can re-use that for a new DSM3615xs with a spare drive.

 

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Good news, I used the method above. Following a test using a newly created DSM3615xs boot USB stick based on the 1.03b loader and a spare HD.

All now successfully updated to DSM 6.2.1-23824 Update 4.

 

 

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Dear all, I have the same setup as @Cobblerkid more or less. Did I understand it correctly that in general I can do it the following way:

 

- shutdown the machine

- built in the new Ethernet Adapter

- disable the onboard NIC in Bios

- boot up the machine to DSM again

- perform the update to 6.2.1

 

Or did I miss anything here? What was not fully clear to me so far is whether it is also mandatory to make changes in the grub.cfg on the USB stick?

Thanks a lot for your help.

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Just for logging: HP N54L could be upgraded to DSM 6.2.2-24922 with JUN'S LOADER v1.03b - DS3615xs

 

As several times mentioned above, you need to add an additional NIC, as the internal NIC will not work after DSM 6.2-23739 Update 2.

I added a 2 port HP NC360T and deactivated the internal NIC in the BIOS. Update ran without problems directly via DSM.

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On 1/9/2019 at 2:26 PM, WiteWulf said:

Failing that, it seems my other option is to backup all my data (9TB!!!), rebuild the server as an ESXi host, and go virtual...

 

I've put up with 6.2.1 until Now.... But as there is still no Solution seems like going VM is the only option.

 

I Really don't want to put in a Network Card on the PCI-E Slot....

 

Is there a way to Migrate into ESXI by directly passing trough the Harddrives without the need for wiping the existing Raid5 ?

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3 hours ago, haldi said:

Is there a way to Migrate into ESXI by directly passing trough the Harddrives without the need for wiping the existing Raid5 ?

 

I've done this successfully.  But have a backup of your data.

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Why you don't want to give a go with 360T and risk of data loss?

I'm using DSM baremetal running 12 docker containers + VMM and it's all sweet - bought 360T for 12 EUR and going to upgrade to RAID10 (4x3TB) soon.

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