As my Homelab is growing and the data explodes it was time to replace my private NAS system with a new one. As my current one, a Synology DS213j, works since 3 years without any problem it was clear for me to look at Synology again. I love the features they offer esp. the Cloud Station and the Surveillance Station as well as the multi-protocol support are key for me in my lab. And as they recently added their own Virtualization layer called “Virtual DSM” it was also clear that I will go for a model supporting it. After some research the decision was made that the new one will be the DS1517+, Synology’s new 5-bay flagship. As disks I’m using the Seagate IronWolf 4TB NAS disks. FYI, the screenshots are a mix of english one (from Synology guides) and german ones (as my system is installed in german language, not translated).
This blog post is the first of a new series showing you the initial as well as some advanced setup of the Synology. The planned posts are:
1. Initial setup – this post
2. Disk, Volume and Network Configuration
3. User, Folder/Share Configuration
4. CloudStation Configuration
5. Surveillance Station
6. A first look into Virtual DSM
So if you are interested in the Synology series make sure you follow the blog as I plan to release 1-2 blogs a month.
After unpacking the station you will see the following parts delivered with the new 1517+.
You will get the NAS itself (of course), one power cord, two LAN cables, screws for 2.5″ disks and two keys to lock the drive trays.
To install the disks you simply need to touch the dive bays and pull the tray out.
After releasing the tray, release the drive mount, put your 3,5″ disk (also works with 2,5″) in the trays and put the mount back on the tray.
Now, that you drive is mounted in the tray you can push your disk back into the NAS and lock it with the key.
Just repeat the steps until all disks are installed and locked.
After everything is in place you can start to initialize and configure the 1517+ by cabling the power and LAN port (for initialization I recommend to just cable LAN 1) following by pressing the power-on button at the top on the front panel.
The 1517+ will boot up and after some minutes you should be able to reach the system by typing “http://diskstation:5000” into you web browser (make sure you have a DHCP server on your network). Your browser should now show the following start screen:
To start the configuration press “Einrichten”.
At the next screen click on “jetzt installieren” and follow the screens to initialize the disks.
Make sure you check the box below to initialize all your disks (attention: this means all disks and its data will be completely deleted):
The initialization will take some minutes and the disks station will reboot after it is completed:
Now, that the disks are initialized, you can go ahead and create your admin account to manage the system as well as define a hostname for you new Synology 1517+.
Next step after creating the admin user is to define the automatic update for the system. In my case I want to run updates manually, that’s why I selected that the system should only download but not install by itself. This setting is of course depending on your needs.
Another very useful feature is Synology QuickConnect which allows you to access the NAS from the internet. You can skip this step but I would recommend to create such an account esp. if you want to use CloudStation like I do. You can either setup a new account or use, if existing, your old account.
After the QuickConnect is configured you will be able to access you system by either connecting over the local network our your qickconnect ID under “http://quickconnect.to/YOURWISHID”.
The initial setup is now complete and you can proceed to start with the advanced configuration.
The next post will talk about the Disk, Volume and Network Configuration to get the basic setup done.
I hope you liked this post and can recommend to stay tuned for the upcoming posts. Feel free to comment and share on social media.
Thanks for reading.