Upgrading To Synology DSM 5.1 Beta

The upgrade is straight-forward but this is it. It is beta software but if you have a test NAS or decide to take the risk, this is the simple update process.

I upgraded my test NAS to the DSM 5.1 beta. It’s a simple process that I’ll cover here. This is beta software so there will be bugs. The only unknown is the severity of those bugs. Downgrading to the older version can be done but isn’t officially supported and will wipe out the current data and settings. You may want to back up the data and settings before doing this. Do this update at your own risk.

My screenshots were done on a Mac but the only difference on Windows is the file browsing.

  1. Download the DSM 5.1 beta firmware for your specific NAS from Synology. Click the “Install now” button at the previous link and follow the directions. Download the firmware to your local computer.
  2. Log as admin on the the web interface for your DiskStation. Open Control Panel then DSM Update. Once there click the manual update button.
    DSM Update in Control Panel
  3. Browse to the firmware file you downloaded and select it.
    Browse to the firmware file
  4. It will take a minute or two to load the file then you’ll be prompted to confirm the upgrade.
    Prompt to confirm upgrade
  5. Now all you need to do is wait. I was prompted that it would take about 10 minutes. I get this same time estimate with every NAS and every update but in this case it was accurate. The DiskStation will reboot on its own.
    Upgrading progree display
  6. Once you log on a series of tips will be display. Click the screen to advance through the tips.
    DSM 5.1 beta tips
  7. Then a new tutorial is opened. The tutorial is geared to new DSM users, at least new DSM 5.x users. It doesn’t specifically call out new features in DSM 5.1.
    DSM 5.1 beta Turorial main menu

All my installed packages were upgraded when I installed the DSM 5.1 beta. From what I remember, in the past I had to do the upgrades manually after the firmware upgrade. So this was a nice bonus.

It seems that all my Android Synology apps received a recent update. (“Recent” meaning today.) The mobile Note Station app was also available for Android. None of my iOS apps have been updated yet and the iOS Note Station app isn’t available yet either. I’m hoping they’ll appear soon and are just delayed by the iOS 8 app deluge.

There haven’t been any obvious problems since the update. But I’ve yet to really give the software a workout.