Synology has released the final release of version 5.0 of Disk Station Manager. Synology DSM is the management software that runs on several of the company’s NAS products. The Disk, Cube and Rack Stations offer more than just extra storage space. For example, backups of all clients on the network can be made and files can be downloaded via http, ftp, bittorrent, usenet and emule, so that, for example, energy-hungry PCs can switch off at night, while the download just comes in. In addition, audio and video files can be streamed over the network via the built-in iTunes server, a dynamic website can be hosted using PHP and MySQL and the device can act as a print server.
To be able to install version 5.0, version 4.3 must already be present. Furthermore, it is only suitable for the nas models that end in 10 or higher. For the other conditions and the various downloads, look at this page. A live demo is available on this page are being found. In version 5.0 we find, among other things, a new interface and the Package Center has also been overhauled. You can read more on our front page and of course at Synology. In short, these are the main changes:
Brand New User Interface
- Visual design has been totally revamped to provide a cleaner look and touch-friendly user experiences.
- High-resolution images are displayed when launched with Ultra HD or retina-display supported devices.
- Badges-style notification counters appear on application icons.
- Login page displays local weather information.
- QuickConnect now supports DSM, Photo Station, Audio Station, Surveillance Station, Download Station, Video Station, File Station, providing simplified remote access, without the hassle of setting up port-forwarding on your router.
- All mobile apps support QuickConnect.
- Enabling QuickConnect requires registering a MyDS Center account.
- Web Station and Mail Station does not support QuickConnect.
Backup and Replication
- Multiple version backup is now available on local backup, backup to another DiskStation. Only the differential blocks of data are retained among each version, allowing file history to be maintained with better storage efficiency.
- Overview page displays scheduled and completed backup tasks.
- Credentials for creating backup destinations can be saved as a profile to make backup task creation easier.
- Data and configuration backup created in DSM 5.0 can only be restored in DSM 5.0.
- Data and configurations that were backed up in DSM 5.0 cannot be restored using DSM 4.3 or earlier.
- Layout has been redesigned for better navigation and organization.
- Service list displays related firewall and port-forwarding settings.
- VPN client settings have been integrated into Network > Network Interface.
- Shortcuts on DSM Desktop that were created previously will be cleared after upgrading to DSM 5.0.
Shared Folders with Windows ACL Permissions
- The access permissions of shared folders are based on Windows ACL, allowing you to fine-tune permissions beyond just Read Only, Read/Write, No Access. Newly created shared folders implement the permission settings of Windows ACL.
- For shared folders created in DSM 4.3 or earlier, you can either convert the existing permissions to Windows ACL, or leave the permission unchanged.
- The shared folders – photo, surveillance, and shares on external storage or volume with ext3 file system cannot use Windows ACL permissions.
- New overview displays the overall health of all disks and volumes, as well as hard disk utilization, volume, and iSCSI LUN usage.
- Disk health information includes the current and historical health of hard disks
- Read/Write cache is supported. Two identical SSDs can be combined to create a RAID 1 read-write cache and enhance the performance of a volume or block-level iSCSI LUN.
- A high-availability cluster cannot be created when SSD read-write cache is enabled.
- Auto updating allows packages to be updated automatically.
- Syslog Server and System Logs have been integrated into a single, centralized application.
- Support tickets can now be sent directly from DSM.
- Remote access and log generation allow Synology support engineers to remotely diagnose technical issues on your Synology NAS.
- File sharing links can be created and shared with your Google+ and Facebook friends. Those who receive the link will be asked to enter their Google+ or Facebook login credentials before accessing the folder or file.
- You can view Microsoft Office documents using Office Online when QuickConnect is enabled.
- Plain text files can be edited directly in DSM.
- Rich features are available, such as the ability to change character encoding, recognize file types, and see variable highlighting.
- Online help files can be viewed in DSM Help, allowing you to read the latest versions of documentation regarding DSM and packages.
- Font size can be changed to larger sizes.
- The “http” group (http) is the service account for Web Station, introducing better flexibility and security. Web applications will run as the same permission as “http” group. We suggest reviewing the permissions of the web folder and assign appropriate permissions to http group.
- The PHP version has been updated to 5.5. Please check the compatibility of your PHP-based web apps with php 5.5. The details can be found at Migrating from PHP 5.3.x to PHP 5.4.x and Migrating from PHP 5.4.x to PHP 5.5.x.
- Performance has been enhanced with Apache MPM worker.
- The default indexed folders – photo, video, audio – are removable from indexed folders.
- The types of media to be indexed in each default folder can be changed.
Synology High Availability
- When binding two or more ethernet connections to create an aggregated heartbeat connection, load balancing and failover are supported.
- For iSCSI LUN with Advanced LUN option enabled, iSCSI random read performance has been enhanced by over 6 times, as illustrated in the below comparison:
|Read IOPS from DS1813+||135||995||637%|
- AFP (Apple Filing Protocol) performance has been improved, as illustrated in the below comparison of transferring 5000 x 1MB files to Synology NAS:
- Support for SPDY v3.0 accelerates the overall responsiveness of the user interface when using HTTPS connections.
- Least recently used data in memory is compressed, improving system responsiveness when under heavy load.
- Connecting up to two USB Wi-Fi adapters is supported, allowing your Synology NAS to share its Internet connection via both 2.4GHz and 5GHz ranges.
- You can bridge your wired connection with Wi-Fi hotspot(s) to extend your wireless network range and unify your existing local network and the wireless network hosted on your DiskStation.
- Synology Snapshot Manager software plugin available on vSphere and Windows Server environments to create application-consistent snapshots in DSM.
- For VMware environments, you can install Synology Snapshot Manager for VMware vCenter Server on Windows Server. After installation, when a snapshot is triggered on DSM, vCenter Server will be notified and flush all the data from memory to the LUN to guarantee data consistency. Once the snapshot is complete, vCenter Server will resume normal I/O operation of VMware datastore.
- For Windows environment, you can install Synology Snapshot Manager for Windows Server. After installation, when a snapshot is triggered on DSM, Synology Snapshot Manager will use the Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) technology to produce consistent point-in-time copies of data. Synology Snapshot Manager for Windows Server also supports performing snapshots when triggered by 3rd party software via VSS.
- Synology Snapshot Manager for VMware vCenter Server supports vSphere 5.1 or later, and vSphere web client server plugin is required for application interface. Snapshot Manager for Windows supports Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012 and 2012 R2. VMWare applications support up to 3 maximum concurrent snapshot tasks.
Surveillance Station Max. Camera
- The maximum number of IP cam has been increased. Please refer to product page for detailed information.
|Version number||5.0 build 4458|