openmediavault is a free software with which you can build your own NAS and wich is in its current version 6 really well done. You have to pay a lot of respect to the developers.

Nevertheless, there are a few small things that many users in the forums, and also me, would have liked to have realized differently. But unfortunately these wishes meet with the developers on rejection. Even if I can understand developers that you do not implement every wish of users immediately, some reactions are a bit harsh.

Now that openmediavault is free software, no one is stopping us from taking action ourselves and implementing these changes. And that’s what the following series of articles here in this blog is about.

Here is a small overview for what awaits you.

  • Mac-specific optimizations for SMB shares
  • Removing the (very annoying) checkbox when confirming changes
  • Using USB Disks for a RAID
  • Allow spaces in the names of SMB shares
  • HDD spindown enable USB enclosures for external multi-bay enclosures, such as the Icybox models
  • Enable overclocking for the Raspberry Pi 4

In the course of the article series I will also develop a small script that allows you to continue to use the changes even after an update of openmediavault.

I developed the tweaks for openmediavault 6 on a Raspberry Pi 4, with a 4-bay USB HDD case, a Raidsonic Icy Box IB-3640SU3. Except for the overclocking feature, all tweaks should also run on computers other than a Raspberry Pi. Nevertheless, unfortunately, I cannot support those other platforms.

The individual articles can be found here:

Optimize SMB for macOS

Customize NAS name in Finder sidebar

So finally, have fun tweaking and patching.


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