Using Hitachi Travelstar 5K1000 in Synology DS409slim

The other day, my Syno DS409slim started beeping. It turned out that two of the Toshiba MK1059GSM disks had SMART errors. I wanted to get some new but they are not available any more. After looking at my preferred e-shop, I finally went for Hitachi Travelstar 5K1000 (HTS541010A9E680). It is not listed in “What hard drive models are supported by Synology products?” page. But it seems to be working fine ; for a bit more than three weeks now.

Here’s a small summary about replacing the disks on Synology DS409slim using DSM 4.2 and SHR volume.
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Quick overview on Synology Directory Server

Quoting the Package Center description: “Directory Server provides LDAP service with centralized access control (…)”.

Let’s have a (quick) look at what Synology’s LDAP service provides.
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How good monitoring can help the business

There are many times when I see IT managers not monitoring their user’s services at all or setup a general application and consider the job done. Most of the time, they realise much is missing when they have to report about (recurrent) issues regarding business critical services. Monitoring is not to be considered as a cure solution but as a forecast tool. When planned and configured as such, it’ll help prevent predicable failures and drive capacity planning.

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Enable extended statistics on Synology DNS Server

I installed “DNS Server beta” 1.0-0012 on my Synology DS409slim. This package ships with Bind 9.9.2. This means we should be able to gather statistics from the embedded HTTP/XML server.

Here’s how.
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Slave DNSServer (app_Domain Name System) on Synology DS409slim

The Synology has DNS server software available from the Package Center. Let’s turn the NAS into a slave DNS server ; in case the primary virtual DNS server fails.

I’m running DSM 4.1-2668 on a Synology DS409slim.
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