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Was about to buy a Synology NAS, and remembered I had the N40L spare, and realised it might be possible to install the Synology OS, which led me to this great site.

 

So, any tips would be greatly appreciated, including the best version I can run on this PC.

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Doing a bit of reading, and noticed that being so old the N40L has HDD size limitations, meaning I believe I can't use the 10TB HDD I intended.  Might have to give it a miss, or seek other drives.

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In regards to what version of DSM you can run, without adding extra drivers or another NIC, 

the DSM 6.1.7-15284 Update 3 (DS3615xs, using Jun's bootloader v1.02b is a safe choise.

If this is your first "meeting" with XPEnology, that would be the way to go.

 

If you have a compatible NIC to install, or want to try out some of the new drivers

read up on this topic extra.lzma/extra2.lzma before trying out DSM 6.2.x

 

Seeing as some use 10TB drives on their N54L, that is the same server with a better CPU, 

you won't be blocked by any HDD drive size limitation.

 

Most, if i not all(?) info can be found by searching the forum, and ask if you get stuck :-)

 

 

 

 

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14 minutes ago, bearcat said:

In regards to what version of DSM you can run, without adding extra drivers or another NIC, 

the DSM 6.1.7-15284 Update 3 (DS3615xs, using Jun's bootloader v1.02b is a safe choise.

If this is your first "meeting" with XPEnology, that would be the way to go.

Thanks, I might have to give it a go - do you have a link for the DSM 6.1.7-15284 Update 3 process?

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Based on a previous post on how to update, from 6.1.x to 6.2.x , 

this would give you an roughly guide on how to install my primary choice of XPE on the G7 Microserver:

 

 

1 - Download Jun's Loader v1.02b DS3615xs (follow the links posted in this forum!)

2 - Prepare a (new) USB stick (there is a nice tool put together by Jensmander you could use)

3 - Find your vid/pid/mac/serialnr.

4 - Edit the grub.cfg in your synoboot.img 

5- Write synoboot.img to your new USB stick

6 - Download DSM_DS3615xs_15284.pat.pat to do a local install.

7 - Shutdown your G7 Microserver (if powered on) replace any old USB stick with the one you just made.

8 - Power on your G7 Microserver, enter BIOS, disable the C1e option. Set all SATA ports as ACHI

9 - Reboot your NAS, find it using Syno Assistent, connect and install (or update) using the local copy of the .PAT file you downloaded.

10 - Something, something missing, something forgotten, something to be added later ... 

11 - Something, something missing, something forgotten, something to be added later ... 

12 - Disable DSM automatic updates Control Panel > Update & Restore > Update settings(to avoid bricking your box if an update is not compatible with the loader.)
13 - While in Update & Restore > Update settings, select "Important updates" only 

14 - From Control Panel > Update & Restore > DSM Update, do a manual update, this should give you the choice to install "Update 3"

15 - Something, something missing, something forgotten, something to be added later ... 

 

 

 

How many drives will you be using? If you want to use all 6 SATA ports, the first thing to think of is:

What BIOS version are you using, has it ever been updated, or replaced with a "modified" BIOS?

Edited by bearcat

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