Here’s some good news coming from Synology.
Today, the storage vendor announced the availability of the first incremental upgrade for its DSM 7, version DSM 7.0.1-42218. exactly three months after the official release.
A minor upgrade that’s significant
As the name suggests, this is a minor upgrade. However, it’s pretty significant since it’s likely the one that fixes most, if not all, the issues that have kept me from recommending everyone to upgrade from DSM 6 to DSM 7.
Generally, this upgrade will make the new OS more stable and remove vulnerabilities. For businesses models, the latest version also adds a few more advanced business-related functions.
On top of that, per the release notes, DSM 7.0.1 fixes the following issues on all supported servers:
- Fixed an issue where DSM might not automatically reconnect to a VPN after disconnection.
- Fixed the sorting issue on the View Details page in Resource Monitor > Performance > Disks when a USB drive is connected.
- Fixed an issue where the display in Volume Settings in Storage Manager was incorrect once users pinned the desktop widgets.
- Fixed an issue where the throughput in Resource Monitor might not be displayed correctly when the system network traffic or the throughput of disks or volumes was heavy.
- Fixed an issue where when users used third-party extensions to change the DSM theme, they couldn’t customize the wallpaper.
- Fixed an issue where when non-administrator users shared files with password-protected links, the file names were displayed incorrectly.
- Fixed an issue where a healthy drive might be falsely detected as malfunctioning after it was swapped with a failed drive in the same storage pool when the system was shut down. The issue would cause the degraded storage pool to crash or become missing.
- Fixed an issue where users couldn’t import Docker container configuration files from local computers.
- Fixed an issue where certain packages couldn’t be installed when the built-in “DSM UI Compatible 6.x” package is missing.
- Fixed an issue where package statuses might be stuck at “Getting Status” in Package Center.
- Fixed an issue where filters might not work when users edit domain user or group privileges at Control Panel > Application Privileges.
- Fixed an issue where Security Advisor didn’t apply the security baseline setting for the first scan.
- Fixed an issue where users given the “Local user and management” privilege couldn’t perform the assigned actions.
- Fixed an issue where users who had taken snapshots of a shared folder couldn’t disable the usage detail analysis of the shared folder’s volume in Storage Manager.
- Fixed an issue where automatic configuration backup might fail under certain conditions.
Synology says that together with this update, it also officially launches Hybrid Share, a hybrid cloud solution that “brings the flexibility and scalability of cloud services to on-premises deployments.”
Hybrid Share is automatically available to all subscribers of Synology’s C2 Storage Advanced Plan (previously Plan II) at no additional cost.
Like all DSM updates, version 7.0.1 will soon roll out in different regions via the update feature within the DSM web interface.
If you can’t wait, the update is available at Synology’s Download Center. I tried it on a DS1621+, and the update process took some 20 minutes.
VPN Plus is now permanently free
Together with the release of DSM 7.0.1, Synology also announced today that it’d make VPN Plus completely free on its routers.
Synology VPN Plus, available in its existing Wi-Fi routers, including the MR2200ac, RT2600ac, and RT1900ac, is a powerful VPN option that connects multiple home networks and supports business-class level access.
Initially, VPN Plus was available as a 30-day trial with certain features requiring a subscription.
Making VPN Plus subscription-free is an excellent move from Synology, which adds significant value to its outstanding Wi-Fi broadcasters. But it could be better if Synology also released new Wi-Fi 6 routers. The company is one of the few vendors that haven’t moved on from Wi-Fi 5 yet.