What are some cool things you do with your NAS (network attached storage) device?
I've been having all sorts of fun with it and I feel like I haven't even tapped into an ounce of potential that this NAS has. What sorts of cool things are you doing with yours besides just storing / backing up data?
I have a client that has a DS412+ as main file server backing up to a 213+ on site and also backing up to rsync.net. Takes about 5 minutes to setup.
The App store is growing too, apart from further cloud based backup solutions like Amazon S3 there are CRM and Ticketing systems for businesses, even LDAP/DNS/DHCP solutions - it's pretty much a SOHO office in a box for cheap if you need it.
At home - iTunes server, Plex, photo management and DLNA compatibility are all you need - although for some clients the Surveillance station is great. If you want more and are comfortable with CLI then you can install IKPG and get a whole load more Linux for your buck.
The way that it plays so nice across SMB, AFP, NFS, WebDav for multiple OS clients right out the box is just brilliant.
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I need a NAS that can be a Master Open Directory server, otherwise I’ll have to build an OS X HackIntosh server.
Has anyone manage to set it up so that an OS X client can connect to it. Open Directory is quite an advanced LDAP configured server, someone manage to configure LDAP on a Linux platform to be a Master (example) --> blog.michael.kuron-germany.de/2009/04/building-you...
More detail here: ukdl.synology.com/ftp/packages/UserGuide/Directory...
You can also bind to a Domain Controller if you like but not at same time as LDAP.
The blog you linked to is 6 years old. Lots changed since then - but not relevant as if you just want to connect a Mac client to it then it's basically out of the box compatible.
This is totally impossible on QNAP, there are missing parts in the linked LDAP loaded on the QNAP (don't remember, it's been a while since I tried to do this). The QNAP can only manage User Account and Passwords, and basic Groups, nothing else. A lot lighter than a full blown Open Directory implementation à la OS X !
That's why I'm wondering if you can input config files in Synology's LDAP implementation !
Changing schemas, slapd.conf or anything else is not necessary to do this as you can see from the link I sent you before. (You can do the above from the CLI if you wanted to.)
The LDAP implementations are the same. The Mac one just has some different classes. The underlying functionality is the same. Also the latest link you sent is three years old. Workgroup Manager, for example is no longer used on anything but legacy systems.
LDAP is really basic (but powerful) whatever the implementation.
It's simply a directory of users that clients can authenticate to. Users, Groups, email addresses, phone numbers can all be included. The database is not complicated and so optimised for reading.
You're really over thinking something very straight forward -
Implement LDAP on a Synology box.
On Mac client go to Sys Prefs/Users and Groups/Login Options
Enter FQDN or IP of LDAP Server in Join Network Account.
Any problems you can edit connection with Directory Utility but it will work out the box if you have your DNS setup properly.
Apple uses Kerberos for SSO, is there a way to implement this on the NAS, or is there a better way ?
If I'm going to migrate from QNAP to Synology, it's gonna cost $$$ and time, and this time I'd like it to do what I want, not be brain dead as the QNAP is !
In the final configuration, I'd like my NAS to act more or less like an OS X Server without limitations (other than the OS X Server limitations) + extra NAS services (Plex Server, iTunes Server).
Are you sure? Most of the Synology devices aren't nearly powerful enough to transcode, requiring that you have all your videos in a format your end device can read natively. I agree with everything else in your post, and I think Synology is the bee's knees, but they really aren't the most powerful boxes out there. Even the play versions aren't really up to snuff.
Other stuff I've seen people doing with their unraid servers:
Webserver (essentially a LAMP server)
VMWare ESX host
Here's what I do with mine:
--Setup a 3 x 4TB using Raid-z w/ de-dup
--FTP dump for my surveillance systems
--Primary backup for all PC's using Beyond Compare with scripts
--DLNA\UPnP Server enabled for use with my TV and other certified devices
--Attempted bittorrent feature, didn't care for it
--Tested iSCSI target feature to test ESX5.5, worked but no need for it.
The NAS became the home hub for all of my devices media needs:
Android phones and tablet all have the music, file, and download app ready.
> I will log in from work or the street when I know a new episode of somethign is ready for D/L. When I arrive home it's ready to play
My Smart TV and PS3 are both connected
> It plays the movies and tv shows either directly or through the ps3
My desktop and laptops not only have access but also network drives mapped
> Each house hold member has access to some of the shared folders but also their own private folders
> accounting, finance and legal stuff is stored in a private folder only accessible by my wife and I.
>each chrome has the download station add-on for youtube videos or to manage download without leaving the browser
>Once a month, I take my offline backup that I keep at work and do a full copy
>download station can also be setup (5clicks) to automatically download the latest podcasts and rss from my favorite stations which isn't much used but cool to have!
> because I have so much media (all legal of course), I have a guest accounts for friends who come over to download some stuff :)
1) I'll configure the download manager to sift through a particular rss to look for files that matches certain keywords, and pre determine their download location. As such, I'll be able to view the files when I reach home after work.
2) DLNA over the network helps me to keep my NAS out of sight (they are in the storeroom all these while) and powerline technology helps to keep things tidy in the living room. Watching video streams from the comfort of my living room, while my wife watches her videos in the bedroom, that's pretty awesome.
3) Cloud station's pretty neat, as it helps to manage key files that can be accessed through any device (laptop, tablet, smart phones)
4) I am in the middle of converting my second NAS to be an iTunes server, so that I do not need to keep audio files on my laptop.. There are oldies that I simply love, and you can't find them on iTunes Store anymore...
5) the second NAS is also a backup storage for my first. I'll usually backup specific contents that are on my first NAS, into the second NAS with rsync, which has much more storage space...
Current config: Synology 211+ NAS 1 - 2TB JBOD, Synology 412+ NAS 2 - 3TB RAID 1, 2TB JBOD.. All these config will change once DSM 5.0 becomes official.. New UI and functions looks very promising and I may even add a third NAS to further streamline my home NAS. Synology definitely...
I am also running an Owncloud server, but on a different machine. The security around a NAS is different than what you would normally apply to drop-box like application, so I ended up putting them on different machines.
I personally don't like to put too many services on a NAS, for performance and security reasons, but I would like to have either a Synology DS1513+ or build a FreeNAS box with ZFS for high performance NFS shares, Time Machine backups, data storage and other stuff.
It is feature rich to appeal to SMB as well as consumers, I would not hesitate to put the larger rackmount units into bigger environments. It sure beats the heck out of SNAP servers.
I played with cheaper consumer level NAS boxes and they were all too slow or too cumbersome to be useful.
Just buy quality disks and it will be a great investment that will outlast most of your PCs.