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Synology RS217 Two-Bay RackStation Review (Page 3)

By Tyler Bernath from Jan 5, 2018 @ 9:10 CST
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Synology

Test System Setup

Tyler's NAS Test System Specifications


The Synology Assistant aides in setting up our appliance. Once installed, this application will search your Network for any Synology NAS and start the setup process.


DSM setup takes around 5-10 minutes. It will ask a few questions about location and what packages you want to be installed and then commences those changes.


The package center has a solid number of offerings including Synology's own apps seen above to the right.


Control Panel includes options for managing users and groups and even shared folders. You get connectivity options with network manager and wireless options if you happen to be using a WLAN adapter. Hardware and power along with indexing and external device manager are available near the bottom and all NAS updates can be managed via the update and restore links.


Storage Manager gives you volume and disk group access. iSCSI is also made available to this menu as is SSD cache and Hot Spare.


One new feature of Synology appliances is IronWolf Health Manager. If you are using Synology drives, you should see the logo show up next to your drives as seen above.


With IronWolf drives, you can schedule drive tests within DSM storage manager keeping you up to date on your drives health.


Further, you can purchase a recovery plan from Seagate should any of your drives ever fail.

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