Synology Volume Crash

Back when I bought my Synology NAS in 2012, I picked up 4 Seagate 3TB drives. Yes, they’re the same model (ST3000DM001) that BackBlaze reported about in 2015 since these drives have an unusually high failure rate. I even managed to have one drive fail within the first…

How to: Migrating to a New Synology NAS

Back in 2011 I picked up a Synology DS411 NAS, which has proved to be one of the most beneficial parts of my home lab. When I purchased it, I filled it with 4x 3TB drives for a total of 12TB of storage (~8TB usable with RAID5). I use the…

Odd Behavior of Protected Switchports

I ran into an interesting issue recently, which was caused by use of the¬†switchport protected¬†command…. So I use a pair of Cisco 2960-8TC-L switches at home, for both my home network and lab. A few months back I ran a bunch of ethernet cabling within my house,…

How to: Synology Backups with CrashPlan

As part of my home lab, I have an older Synology DS411 that I picked up in early 2012. I’ve been using the device since then with 4x 3TB drives as an iSCSI backend to my ESX host. Of course, I’ve also been using the NAS…