Configuring the Synology Network Attached Storage Appliance
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Leverage the Synology NAS appliances and get them to help you with your work with their many productive functions
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  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 17 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the concepts of Synology NAS Appliances
  • Learn to configure basic system parameters
  • Learn how to use DSM Assistant
  • Configure volumes and storage parameters
  • Configure connections and targets
  • Configure shares, file services, users and groups
  • Work with application packages for extra functionality
  • Configure backup and replication
  • Monitor Storage use, harware resources and logs
  • Configure and use Cloudstation as a private cloud storage solution
  • Learn about the video surveillance capabilities
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  • Basic networking knowledge
  • Basic drive volumes and storage knowledge

Have you heard about storage, SAN, NAS? Are these concepts new to you or are you curious to find out more? Do you want to learn how to configure a Synology Storage appliance?

Well then, you've come to the right place!

In this course you will learn how to work with the Synology network attached storage appliances, which will give you many functions that will help you everyday. You'll get to create your own private cloud storage that can rival Dropbox, learn how to connect and record footage from IP surveillance cameras, learn how to create files, shared folders, volumes and even how to install and use a web server on the unit and many more.

This prerequisites for this course are basic networking knowledge, basic hard drives and storage knowledge and generally a desire to learn new things.

By the end of the course you should be able to take a Synology storage appliance and configure the multitude of functions, while also working with it to be more productive in your day-to-day operations. On top of that, you'll know how to keep your data safe!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone interested in understanding how to operate a Synology NAS
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Curriculum For This Course
32 Lectures
Introduction to Synology and NAS appliances
2 Lectures 04:12

A short introduction to Synology as a company, NAS concepts and also our course model which is the DS1812+ model

NAS Concepts and Introduction to Synology
System walkthrough and initial setup
5 Lectures 39:19

Let's understand how we can connect to the Synology unit and how the Disk Station Manager Assistant can help you with

Preview 06:21

Here you will learn how to check for new versions of the DSM operating system, them how to update your Synology NAS, how to restore it in case of trouble and how to reset the admin password in case you forget it

Update, restore and password reset

In this lesson we will set the network parameters on our Synology unit and by doing that, we'll understand what each of the options offered does.

Preview 05:22

In this lesson we'll set the global system parameters in order to prepare the unit for normal operations and also build a stable base for the rest of the services which we will offer from the NAS in later lessons

System setup

One of the most important lessons, this one will teach you how to work with the Storage Manager in order to configure you volumes for data storage and protection and also monitor your hard drives, manage disk groups and configure SSD caches

Storage Manager

Test your knowledge for Section 2
5 questions
Configure services and operations
24 Lectures 02:40:29

Learn how to create users and groups on your Synology NAS and also understand permissions, application restrictions, usage quotas and speed limits

Users and Groups

Learn how to configure shared folders on your Synology NAS, set share permissions, manage folder recycle bins and learn about user access

Configure shared folders and permissions

Learn about how to use the file services on the Synology unit, work with FTP and the built-in FileStation utility and also create, manipulate and share files on the unit

Configure and use file services and the FileStation Utility

Learn how to integrate your Synology unit with an Active Directory Domain and also how to work with the users present in the domain

Integrate with AD

Learn about the WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities that you can add to your unit and how you can configure and use them in the different offered modes of operation

WiFi and Bluetooth

Learn about system security, how to work with the built-in firewall and also understand important aspect to make sure you have a secure environment for your important data


In this lesson you will learn about the Security Advisor tool, which will help you identify security problems on your system and also instruct you on how you can fix them and mitigate security risks

Security Advisor

Learn how to work with external devices, like USB drives and flash sticks

External devices

In this lesson you will see how to create scheduled tasks which can execute commands or complete scripts and also how to set you Synology unit to start and stop at a specific time in order to save power

Task Scheduler and the Power schedule

In this lesson we'll set and use the built-in DHCP server, configure the Quickconnect feature which will help use with the last item, namely the access to our unit from the Internet

DHCP server, Quickconnect and external access

Learn about the High Availability options that you have when using Synology units and also understand the requirements to create a Synology cluster

High Availability

In this lesson you will learn how to use the Resource Monitor tool to keep a close eye on the system operations and health

Resource Monitor and Logs

Learn about how to increase the utility of your Synology unit by installing and using specially built packages that add functions to your unit with the help of the Package center

Package center

In this lesson you will see the first package that you should install on your unit, namely the Antivirus one, which doesn't need more introduction


Learn how to use the Storage Analyzer tool in order to monitor storage use, obtain reports and check for signs of bad usage

Storage Analyzer

Learn how to use two simple but effective applications, namely the Document Viewer which lets you open and read all sorts of files and the Notes application which can give Evernote a run for its money

Document Viewer and Notes

Learn to configure the built in DNS server and how to work with zones, records and restrictions

DNS server

In this lesson you will learn how to configure and use the CloudStation application which offers you private cloud storage capabilities that can prove to be a good alternative to services like Dropbox


Learn how to use the DownloadStation application which will allow you to download files directly on your NAS, so that you don't have to leave your computer on


Learn about the Docker virtualized container functionality, which allows you to run applications in a virtual container on your Synology unit


In this lesson we are going to setup a mail server on the Synology unit, learn to defend against spam, learn how to setup other mail server parameters and then see how you can access your mailbox and receive and send emails

Mail Server and Mail Station

Learn how to connect IP surveillance cameras to the Synology unit, which will allow you to store recordings directly on the NAS and also use the unit as an NVR

Surveillance Station

Learn how to install and configure a web server on the Synology NAS, in order to host web pages on your unit, then move on to a full fledged Wordpress installation

WebStation and Wordpress

One of the most important lessons in the course, you will learn how to backup the data on your unit, in order to make sure you don't lose anything

Hyper Backup

Test your knowledge for Section 3
11 questions
1 Lecture 01:15
About the Instructor
Mr. Daniel Botescu
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IT Professional

I am an IT professional with more than 12 years of experience in multiple segments of Information Technology. I hold an BS in Computer Science and an MSC in Information Security apart from multiple industry leading certifications like Project Management Professional, VMWare VCP, Microsoft MCSA, Citrix CCA to name just a few.

My skills span from virtual infrastructures to IT operations, from networking to IP video surveillance. I also believe in continued education and continue to improve my skill set everyday, also one of the reasons of starting as an instructor here on Udemy.

Teaching has also been an integral part of my professional life, having transferred project knowledge to personnel from client companies, organized workshops and demos or participating in live events and conferences.

If you don't learn something new one day, you lost that day!