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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Qualifying hard disk drive for long term use

Do you check if the hard disk drive (HDD) is serviceable before using it? Nowadays, the emphasis on storage reliability has silently increased as more people are leveraging network attached storage (NAS) and external storage enclosures to back up their data. But what makes these storage solutions reliable? The building blocks – HDD! How do one ensure the new HDD is reliable? Personally, I qualify them using a Linux utility call badblocks and I recommend you do something similar too.

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Electric Air Duster

A vacuum cleaner is great at picking up dirt and dust. For example, dusty grills of fan, food crumbs on keyboard, dust on the monitor bezel. While the vacuum cleaner is great, it has challenges getting the dust off the tight corners or those deep inside. In the past, I get cans of air sprays to blow dust off hard to reach areas. Of course, the dust will be flying all around but at least I get the dust off the heat sink, fan grill and between the keys of the keyboard. Canned air sprays have limited amount of sprays so I got an electric one instead. I hope the “cost per air spray” will be lower than canned ones.

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Adding an UPS power backup to the NAS

Your wallet might be feeling pretty light after splurging on a Network Attached Storage (NAS) with a bunch of new hard drives but you are probably better off in terms of data redundancies. Before you celebrate success, do you know that a dodgy power source can cause a myriad of issues? For example, electronics failure, data corruption. The NAS only has to be writing data when a power outage occurs to corrupt the data. To mitigate the risk of data loss, I got a APC BK650 UPS for my Synology DS1817+ NAS. It is an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS).

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