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Synology Default Applications
Whether you are new to Synology DiskStation, or that you use one for several years, there are a few applications that you should know about. Apart from File Manager, I present you with a list of seven applications that you can run from your DiskStation Manager or DSM.
- File Station
this is the file manager of DSM; you can do all possible operations with files and folders, including permissions and sharing
- Control Panel
with Control Panel, you are like the captain on the bridge, controlling all kinds of aspects of your system
- Storage Manager
gives you all the details about the disks, their health, and use
- Resource Monitor
a performance monitor
- Log Center
provides the different messages that the system logs for troubleshooting
- Package Center
lets you install and remove packages, which contains applications or services
- Security Advisor
checks the security of your system against predefined criteria
These applications are admin-only and let you manage and maintain all different aspects of your DiskStation. Let’s have a closer look at each of them.
File Station is the file manager of DSM. You can copy, move and delete files and folders. You can create folders and set permissions for files and folders. Although you can start creating a shared folder from File Station, the work is done by Control Panel. With File Station, you can create a remote connection to another server or cloud service and upload files and folders from your local computer to the NAS. You can create share links to files and folders and sent those links to other users.
This is one of the most powerful and versatile applications of your entire NAS. Whether you are a first-time user or have many years of experience, you will use Control Panel for many management tasks. With Control Panel, you manage file-related settings, network settings, system configuration, and applications. Storage Manager This is the place to monitor and manage your storage. Within a NAS, storage is paramount and consists of drives, storage pools, and volumes. You can review their status, add a drive to a pool or create a new pool, start a regeneration process, expand a volume, start data scrubbing or perform similar tasks.
The Resource Monitor is the place to go if you need to monitor the performance of your NAS. Note that the widgets in the top-right corner of your DSM desktop give you an initial impression of performance parameters, where the Resource Monitor provides far more detail. CPU, memory, network, disk, and volume are measured individually. You can review the parameters from an overview page or individually in greater detail. The connected users’ page gives you insight into who is connected and how.
There are two versions of Log Center. The basic version is always installed, and you can replace it with the extended version. You install the Log Center package from Package Center. If you are a less experienced user, stick to the basic version as it is more accessible and less overwhelming. Logs provide vital information about how your NAS is working. The General log contains mostly events from system tasks like package installation and updates. The Connection log contains logons with names and IP addresses. Other logs are File Transfer and Drive. Note that several applications log their own events.
The Package Center is like an application store where you find almost all packages that you can install on your NAS. Note that there are 3rd party packages that you can download from the internet. You install and uninstall packages from the Package Center, as well as stop and start packages that installed a service. You can update packages, either manually or scheduled. You can display the total collection of Packages in categories or view installed packages only.
The Security Advisor is a great help for finding and resolving any security-related issues on your Synology NAS. You can scan regularly or scan manually. You can create your own security baseline or use one of the two predefined baselines for personal and business use, respectively. You can save the results in a report if you define a location for it.
Paul Steunebrink / Storage Alchemist