Synology DSM 7 – Improved Authentication Features

Every once in a while you will read news about data breaches and password leaks. Although strong passwords are great, majority of people use the same password everywhere. Once it is leaked in a breach, perpetuators would attempt logging in to other popular web services using the same credentials. This is where 2FA creates another barrier for them, rather than them gaining access right away with the credentials, they will be required to provide additional information from something you own (e.g. TOTP from Authenticator app) or something you are (e.g. fingerprint, facial recognition). Synology introduced these features in the latest DSM 7.0 release.

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DSM 7.0 – DS Cloud broke; FolderSync & WebDAV for two-way folder sync

If you have been using DS Cloud to synchronise folders between your Android mobile phone and Synology NAS (on DSM6), you will be disappointed that DS Cloud is not supported on DSM7. The DS Cloud’s two-way folder synchronisation feature enabled me to free up storage space on the mobile by shifting dated files out of the Synology NAS sync-ed folder to another folder. This shift would appear as though the files were deleted on the server-side, prompting DS Cloud (on the mobile device) to delete off the files. It is a niffy trick to manage storage space on the mobile device but it no longer works on DSM7. Fortunately, I managed to replicate this two-way sync using FolderSync Android app and Synology’s WebDAV Server package. Continue reading the guide if you want to know how.

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Automate mounting of external USB storage for Synology Hyper Backup

I have the habit of having additional copies of back ups (partial and not full) from the Synology NAS to an external USB storage device like the Seagate Expansion Desktop. However, I want the external USB storage to be visible (i.e. mounted) to the Synology NAS only when the Hyper Backup task is running and not visible (i.e. unmounted) at other times with the hope of mitigating ill effects of ransomware attacks. I managed to achieve it using Task Scheduler and careful planning of backup windows for Hyper Backup tasks. I have put together this guide to show you how it is done.

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Migrating to a new Synology NAS using Migration Assistant

Recently, I used the Migration Assistant to migrate data and system settings from the Synology DS1817+ to the DS1821+ NAS. Other than refreshing the NAS, a brand new set of 10TB hard drives replaced the existing 6TB. The migration was seamless and services remained available during the process.

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RMA – Brand-new APC BK650 UPS failed after 1.5 month

Around seven weeks back, I installed and wrote about adding the APC UPS backup power to my NAS. The brand-new APC UPS worked for around 1.5 month before it started beeping audibly and the replace battery indicator turned on. It is either a bad APC UPS product or my bad luck in getting a lemon. How was the APC UPS RMA process? It was borderline unacceptable.

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#MajulahGCP Season 3 Swags

Google occasionally offers self-learning opportunities on how Google Cloud Platform’s infrastructure and application development tools work together. They held the third season of the #MajulahGCP learning event in my region recently. In my honest opinion, it is a good opportunity to understand how some of the new technologies work amidst your busy schedule. If you have been procrastinating about picking up that new skillset, the #MajulahGCP event is probably a great learning opportunity. At the end of the event, you might qualify for their swag packs! Thanks #MajulahGCP for the learning opportunity, smart LED display thermos flask, apron, polo t-shirt and a hipster backpack!

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