I just upgraded my laptop to the latest Windows 10 1903 (18362.53) which is in release preview. The following issue may or may not be resulting from that.
My WS2012R2 Essentials server is now reporting this laptop as Offline. On the other hand the connector icon on the laptop is green, I can launch the Dashboard through it, so everything seems to be connected.
More importantly, I now cannot backup this laptop: it tries and complains that it cannot connect to the WS Essentials Client Computer Management Service. I have tried reinstalling the Connector to no avail. It used to work a couple of weeks ago, before this upgrade, but in principle it could have been some other unrelated change.
Does anyone else have a similar problem with Windows 1903? Or is it just me? Is there something I can try?
Currently have N40 which I used to backup my laptop to using Crashplan (as well as to Crashplan cloud), replaced Crashplan with Backblaze when CP removed consumer backup, but BB does not have a local backup.
Have a Gen8 which I am in the process of transitioning to and would like to have local/lan backup of my laptop (plus other PCs) to my server.
I have previously tried Cobien, but had issues with it backing up over a network, constant fails.
Also looked at rsync, but concerned it is very old and unsupported.
Can someone recommend software I could run on my laptop to backup to my server, would be ok with software on server to receive backup as well.
Note: I realize this isn't strictly a Gen8 issue, but as this is far and away the most popular forum I thought I'd try my luck here.
Thanks for any help/advice people can offer.
Synology C2 Backup Now Available to US Customers
This is a data backup service that Synology released to EU customers last year. I remember trying to get it to install and it wouldn't take my CC# because of location. Fair enough, will it now and how much will it cost?
Seriously, how much is it? Ask Google and on March 25th, 2018 it's $14.12. That's still not a bad price for 100Gb of backup with versioning. Also not bad to consider this as a secondary cloud backup. (See below for pricing)
One thing to keep in mine this is a service that falls under Hyper Backup and not Cloud Sync. The two are very different. This will be a true back with versioning and not a simple synchronization of a folder in a cloud service like dropbox. Many a mistake have been made with sync pairs and cloud services! That won't happen with backup and versions.
Enable it and Back Up
In your Synology DSM go to Hyper Backup. Install if you are not using it. You would also use this app to backup to USB, Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, etc.
Select Synology C2 Cloud Backup.
That should launch a login portal. If you have used Synology services before and have a login you can use those credentials or create credentials right here.
Start your free trial for 30 days but prices are still in POUNDS! That's a pound symbol right? If it was released to Europe why isn't it in Euros? I'm so confused. (it is Euro Dave! I had a brain fart on the Euro symbol. See response post below. Embarrassingly laughing at myself on this!)
It's here where it wouldn't let me proceed last time I tried due to it being a limited trial to EU customers only. You have to put your CC# in to get the 30 day free trial. It says i'm in the Europe Frankfort market but the purchase went through. So, does this mean if the US sinks into the Ocean and all my data goes with it, my photos will be in Frankfort safe and sound? Sweet!
This is the last web screen I see as it has now taken me back to Hyper Backup.
I'm going to choose a small amount to get started with.
I'm also going to limit the bandwidth of the backup and set Client Side encryption. The encryption password box will allow you to use the Admin account password so you don't forget what you put here unless your Admin password is less than 8 characters.
Once you are finished it will ask you if you want to backup now. I said now just to keep the network clean while I'm working but it will backup tonight. Look at the screen shot below. See the little arrow by Synology C2? That is the link to the web portal. It would be nice to see Synology integrate this into DSM so there isn't a secondary screen needed. It would also be nice to have some choice as to where your data is being sent and to be charged a proper amount. I'm afraid my bank might also charge me a fee for the Pounds to USD conversion. I'll update the post when I find out.
Here are the web portal screens below.
That's it. It works!
I have a project that could use the expertise of you talented members. As you all know, my father is dead, but my mother is very much alive. She doesn't live a horrible distance from us, but it's far enough that we don't just run there on a whim. With that in mind, here are some factors I'm considering:
I do all her banking, bill paying, etc. Of course, I do it online. She used to be a teller in a bank, so she still very much likes to keep her own records. To help with that, I used Word to create a 'bank book' for her that gives a great deal more room for entries than what is normally provided by typical cheque books. At the moment, I have to print new blank sheets at home, then take them to her. Of course, I love to visit her, but sometimes she needs new sheets at a time when I'm too busy, or I'm away. Being able to print some remotely at her condo would be a benefit.
Sometimes, friends and family send me emails intended for her, because she doesn't have a computer. She's never used a computer in her life, and she says she has no intention of starting at her age. Being able to remotely print them at her condo would also be beneficial.
We have an Epson WF-7510 printer. It used to be the main printer on our network, but I replaced it with an Epson Eco-tank printer because the ink is so much cheaper per page. We print a lot more than my mother, so I was thinking the WF-7510 would be a great printer for remote printing.
I did take the printer to her condo, and connected it to her Cisco cable modem. I then, after considerable trial and error, managed to get it set up to work with Epson Connect. It was working pretty well that way, until I tried to print out some medical record sheets for her. It was a PDF, and it got royally messed up. It seems the document is too complicated (or something) for Epson Connect to handle.
So I'm looking for a better way to enable this remote printing. I know google has a cloud printing service, but it requires the use of the Chrome browser. My father always warned me off Chrome, saying it was insecure and he refused to use it for anything. In fact, he basically didn't use google for anything. He once told me to never trust a company that says they're not evil. He recommend I use FireFox, so that's what I've done for years. Also, since Epson Connect screwed up, I'm a little leery about using another cloud printing service.
I know how to use Remote Desktop. My father taught me how to use it to administer my server. I thought it might be a solution. I could set up a tiny ASrock computer I have on the shelf at her condo, connect the printer to it, then use RDP to connect to the ASrock, copy over whatever document needs printing, and print it from the ASrock directly. That should work, shouldn't it? I could even keep documents she needs regularly on the ASrock permanently, so I wouldn't have to copy them over each time. My only concern is my father told me Remote Desktop isn't really all that secure over the Internet.
I've also heard of VPN. I was wondering if it might be an option since, from what I've read so far, it seems to be secure over the Internet
Any ideas, suggestions, recommendations, or other feedback would be most welcome.
Per my signature, I have WHS 2011 installed on a HP N54L that I built and have had in service since March 2013. I have a CorsAir 60Gb SSD HD running on SATA #5 with the modded bios to allow WHIS to install on this small OS hard drive.
I have a WD PCI-e USB 3.0 card with a 3 yr old Seagate Backup Plus 2Tb drive connected that WHS places the Server OS backups to.
With Windows updates, the 60 gb SSD has only 5 gb space available and I'm getting warnings as such. So, I want to install a new Sandisk 240 gb SSD to replace it. When I run the WHS Server disk, the restore server OS process either locks up looking for the files on the Seagate usb drive or does not discover the files and the scan just runs and runs.
I remove all my storage drives from the N54L four bays. Swap the old 60gb OS SSD for the new 240 GB SSD Plug in my LG portable DVD drive into the rear USB 2.0 and use it to spin the WHS disc Connect the Seagate Backup Plus USB 3.0 Drive to the N54L (this is where it takes four paths and all fail) (bios is configured prior for proper boot sequence of DVD first, new OS SSD 2nd) Since USB drives are backwards compatible, if it is connected to the N54L 2nd remaining 2.0 USB from boot up (post screen shows the DVD, the new SSD and the Segate USB Drive), I select Restore Files in the back up menu the screen goes black except for the WHS background image. Sits and never resolves. Or leave the Seagate USB drive unconnected until I get to the Restore Files menu, connect, then select restore files/etc. The scanning for back up files dialog runs this time and never finds the files. Only way to get out is to hard reboot the server. Same as #2 but skip the initial file search and click advanced. Connect the USB dirve and then click refresh and nothing shows up. Click scan and it too will run forever and not see the drive with the backup files. Or resort to installing the PCIe drivers via a thumb drive and then connect the drive to the PCIe USB 3 and it will not recognize it in the list. Click search and it searches without success.
I'm thinking I need to transfer the WHS OS Backup files on the Seagate Backup Plus USB drive onto another bare hard drive and insert into one of the N54L HD bays and see if it will then find the backup files. Thus eliminating the whole USB 3/2 interface.
Thanks in advance.