How to view Failed Backup Logs on a Synology NAS

WARNING: This how-to is brief and technical. If you are unfamiliar with the terms SSH, VI/VIM, and CLI then this tutorial may be difficult for you.

I have always hated that Synology does not have better logging for their backup jobs. Errors include “the backup failed.”  Thanks, logs!

It turns out that Synology has these logs, but they are not accessible from the control panel. The logs are in the /var/log/messages file on the server.

  1. On your NAS -> Control Panel -> Terminal -> Turn on SSH.
  2. SSH into the NAS using your SSH client of choice. Login with username: root and password of your standard admin password. If you login as “admin” you will not have edit rights.
  3. Type ‘cd /var/log’ to get to the logs folder
  4. Type ‘vi messages’ to open the main log file.  You can type ‘ls’ or ‘dir’ to see the other log files within the folder. DIR will show you the last edit timestamps, to know what logs are relevant.
    If you don’t know how to use vi (aka vim) search for a how-to using your favorite search engine.


FIX – Setting up LDAP Server/Client on Synology NAS for SMB

If you’ve been trying to setup two Synology NAS devices one being a LDAP Server and another the LDAP Client and you cannot connect with your LDAP account to network shares via SMB, here is your fix.

ON SYNOLOGY LDAP SERVER – Control Panel -> File Services -> Windows File Service/SMB -> Disable “Enable SMB2 and Large MTU”

ON SYNOLOGY LDAP CLIENT – Control Panel -> Directory Service > Enable Windows CIFS support

The only way I could get LDAP between two Synology NAS’s to work with SMB was making sure BOTH of the above are set, not just one or the other.

Apps Missing From Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8 and the upcoming 8.1 update really fix a lot of usability issues previous versions of the phone had, but there’s still an area a new OS can’t fix – 3rd party apps.

Within the last few months I have been able to find good official apps for many apps I use on Android, but here’s a list of the ones I’m still waiting for an official app of. If these apps could be made for Windows Phone, there’s no reason I couldn’t switch full-time to my Windows Phone.

  • Amazon Music
  • Goodreads
  • Sonos
  • Starbucks
  • MediaMonkey (or any decent media player that handles genres, metadata, and syncing with ease)
  • Tasker / Llama (any automation app – which probably will never happen with the current limited access to the WP system)
  • Vudu Movies (for when Flixster isn’t working)
  • Any good app.
  • An equivalent to aCar for Windows Phone. This app is amazing for keeping tabs of car maintenance.