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Follow-up: Synology Responds to My Questions

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I would like to apologize to those who have been searching for, and found, my Synology blogs and wondered what the answers were to the questions that I posed at the end of my last post on Synology’s new Backup Methodology. I had wanted to get that post out as soon as I could, knowing that I would be disassembling my home lab in order to move to a different state.

Now that I’ve moved, I can finally take two seconds to share the (unabridged) response that I received from Synology regarding btrfs and backup mechanics. I should note that I have not had a chance to do any testing yet, though everything is set up to do so. All I need now is the time.

So, without further ado, here are the responses I received. If you wish to share your experience – either similar or different, please assist in expanding the general knowledge by adding your comments below.

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Synology Releases DSM 6.0: New Backup Methodology

March 24, 2016 6 comments

CC000571Today Synology launched their new DiskStation Manager (DSM) 6.0, one of the biggest overhauls of the OS to date. Among the major feature updates is a profound bolstering of their snapshotting, backup, and archiving functionalities.

I’ve written extensively about Synology’s Backup functionality for DSM 5.2 (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3), but have held off on pulling the trigger on a Cloud-based “part 4” for a variety of reasons (which are better left for a different post). With DSM 6.0 there are more than just a few “under-the-hood” changes, and some of the language in the announcement made me raise an eyebrow. Read more…

Synology Hybrid Backup, Part 3

August 30, 2015 3 comments

This is the third installment of the 3-2-1 backup workflow that I have established using Synology’s DSM 5.2 software.

My goal is to illustrate a multi-tiered backup plan using my Synology equipment and the built-in tools to establish a resilient method for surviving data loss.

In the first post, I discussed some of the considerations of backups and a provided a general overview of Synology’s tools to accomplish the tasks. In the second, I went through some of the specific step-by-step for backing up a wide variety of disaggregated data volumes to my DiskStation DS1813+, complete with versioning.

In this post, we’ll look at the next stage of data availability, which is syncing to the secondary DS1511+ and preparing the data for off-site backup:

  • Prepares the data for cloud storage environments
  • Creates a copy of the most recent backed up data
  • Creates independent backups for easier troubleshooting and restoration
High level logical flow. Note the colors

High level logical flow. Note the colors

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Synology Hybrid Backup, Part 2

August 25, 2015 9 comments

In the first article, I started talking about how to use the Synology to solve my various backup problems. I’m a bit picky about how the way I like my data organized, and as usual your mileage will vary, but because of the nature of my setup I need to use a variety of tools available within the Synology ecosystem.

In a nutshell, I wanted a backup methodology that ensures revisions, on-site copies for fast restoration, and encrypted off-site backups for “last-resort storage.”

Logical backup workflow for my environment

Logical backup workflow for my environment

Let’s take a look at the first stage of this process – getting the files from the Mac to the DS1813+. Read more…

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