We’re one step closer to seeing Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) 7.1 hit NAS enclosures as a live update. The company has just migrated the beta update to the release candidate channel. If you’ve not been comfortable running a beta release on your NAS, you can now download and install the release candidate.
What is the DSM 7.1 update?
While it’s still a pre-release version of the DSM 7.1 update, it’s far closer to what will be released to the general public and nothing should change between now and that date unless some drastic issue is detected. To recap what was included in the DSM 7.1 beta, see the below list of changes:
- Efficiently back up and restore all your configurations, applications, and data in DSM.
- Improvements to our SSD cache implementation and new options to simplify SMB file server access.
- Solutions for heavy VM use, multi-site data protection, and domain management in non-trusted environments.
- Gain better oversight of processes and statuses throughout your deployment with more information aggregated to your preferred DSM account.
- Be the first to benefit from the latest improvements in IT management, user experience, and security with new versions of our most-used applications.
- SSD Cache Groups can be allocated to multiple volumes, allowing for more flexible management of SSD cache capacity.
- Storage Manager now supports the management of the drives and storage of both active server and passive server in a Synology High Availability cluster.
- Added support for Btrfs (Peta Volume) in Active Backup for Business and Synology High Availability.
- If there is a file system error, DSM will unmount the volume to run file system checks without interrupting the services on other volumes.
- Reduced the minimum threshold for low capacity notification from 5% to 3%.
- Added support for custom OIDC (OpenID Connect) settings to integrate DSM with external SSO servers.
- Added support for the RTF editor to allow users to preview notification message content and style in real-time when editing.
- Added support for bypass traverse checking at Control Panel > File Services > Advanced to allow users to traverse folders and access permitted files or subfolders.
- Supports specifying domains from the list of trusted domains to synchronize domain data.
- Added the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+00:00) time zone option at Control Panel > Regional Options > Time.
- Added the synchronization status between DSM and NTP servers at Control Panel > Regional Options > Time.
- Added icons on the taskbar to indicate ongoing background tasks that might affect system performance.
- Users can now open tabs directly from search results in Control Panel.
- Supports automatically updating the domain database and syncing domain data regularly. For Synology NAS that are used to create domains, the “Update User Groups/Lists” option in Control Panel > Domains/LDAP will be disabled by default after updating to DSM 7.1.
How to install the DSM 7.1 update
Even though this is a release candidate, I would still recommend against installing the update on a live NAS. If you’d like to give it a go, simply follow these steps on your best Synology NAS:
- Visit Synology Download Center.
- Select your NAS model using the drop-down menus.
- Click on Download under DSM 7.1.
- Log into your NAS.
- Go to Control Panel > Update & Restore > Manual DSM Update.
- Click Browse and select the downloaded DSM 7.1 update file.
- Click OK to update DSM.