Monitor Synology NAS DSM 6.1 with SNMP polling

SNMP Monitoring your Synology device You can gain valuable information from your Synology device with SNMP and a system such as OpenNMS or LibreNMS. I use NMS to monitor my switches, servers, and other critical infrastucture to keep an eye on everything in one place.   Here is how I enabled SNMP polling of my Synology DS416play:   Go To Control Panel > Terminal & SNMP Click “SNMP” tab at the top of the window: Check “Enable SNMP Service” And populate your desired community string/device information. For example I am…

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Get more apps – enable the SynoCommunity 3rd Party Package Repository for Synology

The package selection Synology offers is pretty extensive. You can add-on anything from Plex Media Server to Apache Web Server or McAfee Anti-Virus for your NAS. But there are some apps we all know and love and Synology simply does not offer. Some of these are not offered because they are unstable, in development, or Synology doesn’t acknowledge some of them as popular enough or ethical, maybe? (Downloading copyrighted media, for instance) Anyways, There’s a great list of packages to install. Opening up your Synology to a whole new world of…

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Synology DS416play has an (unused) eSATA port hiding inside!

Not that I use eSATA for any of my peripherals, but I noticed that some Synology models have eSATA ports where other models don’t. Get this: During a tear down of my DS416play, I discovered there’s an eSATA port on the USB 3 module. I haven’t tested it and don’t have any expansion units to try this with. I would imagine the software has this port disabled, but maybe not. I wonder about using any expansion units with the DS416play now.  

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Synology DS416play upgrade RAM to 4GB

When I bought my Synology DS416play, I was concerned about the included 1GB of RAM. I eventually decided that it probably didn’t matter that much how much RAM it had When I saw my RAM filling up for no reason, my concerns grew again.   I decided I’d upgrade the RAM with some of the spare laptop memory I have laying around. Opening the case: DISCLAIMER: Anything you do inside your Synology NAS is your responsibility. Whether or not your warranty will become void is a risk you are agreeing to take…

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Enable usage history on your Synology NAS to monitor performance

Performance of Synology devices out of the box can only be monitored in real-time. This is fine, but when you start installing packages, transferring data, and the NAS starts doing its thing — well you might be left wondering at times “what’s going on?”. You can see up to fifteen minutes in historical data, however this still isn’t sufficient in my opinion for any practical use. These devices can be relatively low-spec in contrast to traditional storage mediums. I purchased a Synology DS416play to replace a FreeNAS server I no longer wished to…

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