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Synology DiskStation DS716+ SMB Two-Bay NAS and DSM 6 OS Review

By: Tyler Bernath | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Mar 30, 2016 4:50 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Synology

Tyler's NAS Test System Specifications





For the last couple months, I have been toying around inside DSM 6 Beta, to get a feel for things that have changed and the overall performance. Above, we have the landing page for DSM 6.





So right off the bat, DSM 6 doesn't look or function much different than OS 5. Perhaps the biggest change is this release is 64-bit only, allowing this appliance to process tasks more efficiently while also allowing increased memory capacities in future appliances.




Opening up the Control Panel gives access to features such as file station, backup, and storage manager.




Diving deeper into the Control Panel options get further enhanced, as you can see you can create groups and users along with managing network, security, and the update icon tells you when firmware needs attention.




The file services menu gives you access to SMB and AFP shares on the first tab while the following tabs are for FTP, TFTP, and Rsync.




Within the setup menu, if you install a USB adapter for Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, these two menus give you access to their settings.




The security menu has all the necessary options for locking down your NAS from outside intrusion.




Over in the info center, we have a quick overview of the NAS components. In the list, you can see we are working with four cores and 2GB of RAM running DSM 6 build 7274.




Following along we have a quick look at the storage devices and as you can see in the list below we are working with a pair of Toshiba 1TB drives.




The service breakout shows you a complete list of everything enabled on the NAS.




You can personalize your NAS to your liking within DSM 6 via the Theme menu.




Within the hardware menu, you have the option to control many variables of the NAS including beep control, fan speed, and power recovery. Enabled by default the memory compression option is intended to improve responsiveness.




The Privileged menu shows you the file permission for every user or group.




The backup menu includes options for several big name cloud solutions such as Amazon S3, Azure, and OpenStack. Optionally, you can also backup to a secondary NAS with Rsync or cluster two Synology units together with Remote Synology NAS.




A deeper dive into the storage manager reveal a similar look and feel to DSM 5. The overview menu is a quick look at your disks and their health along with any iSCSI LUNs you may have.




The volume manager keeps track of any RAID or JBOD you may have. In the list, you can see each of our drives and their capacity along with the file system in use.




Moving down to the drive menu, we can see our drives in a little more detail including the operating temperature.




In the general tab, you can change options for the drives in use including bad sectors, health reports, and cache management.




The High Availability Manager is something new to DSM and allows businesses to have a complete operational failover in the case of a component failure.

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