Synology DiskStation DS215+ 2-Bay NAS and All-In-One Server Review

Setup – Users, Services & Backup


As we saw on the previous page, we lack some users. So let us get started and create some. You shouldn’t be using your admin account for other things than maintenance, so make sure you create a normal user for yourself too.

You can assign the user to groups as well as set permission for the shared folders that you already created.

In case you want to limit the amount of space a user can occupy, that’s not a problem either. Admin users will always have unlimited quotas and that is why it is set that way in the screenshot below.

Application rights and speed limits can also be set for each individual user. No need to worry about anything as you can define how it should work. That is how we like it, no surprises.

User Groups

User groups help you maintain user rights on a bigger scale. It is a lot easier to change rights for a group than do it for every single user individually.

You get basically the same setting options as we’ve just seen for the users themselves, only it counts for the entire group and not just one person.

You can quickly add and remove users from the groups with the easy to use interface. A couple of buttons and a selection is all it takes.

File Services

File services is a big part of a NAS and Synology has it all covered. It doesn’t matter what system you connect from and what authentication method you’ll want to use – you’ll find it. Windows, Mac OS, and Linux/Unix are all supported with Samba, TimeMachine and NFS as well as WebDAV and FTP.

You can join the NAS to your domain group and enable the LDAP client if you got such setups, again Synology has you covered.