The OS Quest Trail Log #68: Synology Edition

It’s been a slow year so far. January saw a brief appearance by a Acer WHS and then Synology occupied the rest of the month. The month was almost frustration free, but just almost, as Cloudberry backup caused me some problems at the end of the month.

CloudsJanuary is history and the Southern New England winter has been mild, nothing close to the October blizzard. It’s been over 50° several days in January so mild doesn’t even begin to describe it. Rather than shoveling snow I’ve been able to play with computers.

The year started with a quick install of an Acer Aspire Windows Home Server. That was a straight-forward install and the server moved on to a new home. As far as I know it’s doing well. It was fun to revisit WHS v1 again. It did make me appreciate WHS 2011, even without drive extender, it just looks and feels much more modern.

Then I took a look at my Synology 212j. I bought it over the holiday but only recently got a chance to look at it. I’ve spent most of my time looking at it’s storage capabilities rather than the applications. Considering the number of drive rebuilds and factory resets it didn’t make much sense to put data or apps on it. The DS212j is at the low end of their two-bay product line so I don’t expect turbo performance. Having said that, the performance has been solid. I suspect it would suffer if I start enabling a lot of those apps but that remains to be seen. I’m impressed by it’s list of features and I’m seriously considering pulling the trigger one of their larger units to handle some of my file storage needs.

Cloudberry Backup For Windows Home Server 2011 Issue

Cloudberry for WHS 2011 has given me some issues. The database file on the C: drive has grown to over 25GB in size so I was getting low disk warnings for drive C:. A visit to the Cloudberry forums showed I wasn’t alone, but there wasn’t a solution. So I opened a support ticket. I got a response the next day that there was a new version posted which included the ability to move the database file.  I had updated to the then latest version before opening the ticket so I was a day early. The release notes didn’t make any mention of moving the database so here are the instructions Cloudberry support gave me:

I’d like to inform that we have published a new version (v2.6.2) where you can move the repository file to another location. You can download from our website (www.cloudberrylab.com).

Note: If you are using WHS-family add-in, the upgrade is not supported on WHS servers, you have to uninstall the add-on before installing a new version.

Then follow these steps:

1) Run command line by going to Start | Run: cmd.exe.
2) Make sure you change your current folder to CloudBerry Backup product installation:
cd C:Program FilesCloudBerryLabCloudBerry Online Backup
3) To move the repository file (CBBackup.db), run the following command:
cbb.exe option -databaseLocation path
(where “path” is a new repository file destination)

As a result, the CBBackup.db file will be moved to the new location.
Note: Make sure the CloudBerry Backup is not open and there are no running backup plans before moving.

I ended up deleting the database file and recreating my backup plans. To me the size of the file was a problem, so moving it wasn’t a good solution, it would just avoid the low disk problem. The seems to have gone well and my Cloudberry database file is a more realistic 2 GB so far. I’ll have to see how large this one grows over time and I’ll move it if necessary.

I was also interested to see the comment about WHS not supporting an upgrade and requiring an uninstall/re-install. I learned that the hard way and now routinely do an uninstall/re-install but this is the first time I’ve seen it mentioned by Cloudberry. Guess I don’t look in the right places.

A Short February

February’s a short month and I don’t have any firm plans. I’ll keep looking at the Synology apps and I’m looking to get a NAS or server up and running to handle some storage requirements I have. I plan to use some existing hard drives rather than buying new drives at today’s prices. I last bought a drive back in June and paid $120 for a 3 TB Hitachi drive. Today, even with prices heading back down a bit, that same drive is $230.  So right now Synology is topping my list as my storage choice.

Not much to cover this time around, so I’ll wrap it up here and get back to watching some football.