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Synology 4.2 Beta

If my memory is correct Synology usually releases a DSM beta to coincide with CES, along with talking about new products. Even if my memory is wrong, Synology has released DSM 4.2 beta. There’s a boatload of enhancements and new features.

The ones that interest me the most:

  • Various storage and iSCSI enhancements although I’ll probably wait until final release before upgrading by big Synology box due to the amount of data on it.
  • Two step verification (aka two-factor authentication) available for enhanced security.
  • Task Scheduler
  • Multiple DDNS provider support
  • Quick connect support for DS Audion (and other mobile apps, but this interests me the most)
  • Unlimited shared Cloud Station folders and files up to 10 GB can be synced
  • Performance improvements that sound good
  • more, more, more

I upgraded my DS212j which I use for testing. I really shouldn’t have, but DSM beta’s have been reliable in the past, so I upgraded my DS212+ which is my primary app and data file NAS. I haven’t updated my DS1511+ which is used for backup and file storage. I don’t want to have to rebuild multiple terabytes of data or find out a bug broke my backups so I’ll wait on that one.

I did have to manually update the Cloud Station client on my computers, but according to the release notes any future upgrades will be automatic.

The release notes mention DS Cloud for iOS but I don’t see it in the apps store yet. The other Synology mobile apps I use all got updates.

One relatively big change is that a “MyDS” account is more or less required with Synology in order to install or upgrade packages. There is a workaround but it requires manually downloading the packages for Synology and installing them.

Enough writing, let’s see what DSM 4.2 can do.

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