Synology 1517+: Disk, Volume and Network Configuration

After releasing the first post on my new DS1517+ some days ago its time now to move forward and talk about the Disk, Volume and Network Configuration to complete the initial setup and be ready for data. 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 – already posted
2. Disk, Volume and Network Configuration – this post
3. User, Folder/Share Configuration
4. CloudStation Configuration
5. Surveillance Station
6. A first look into Virtual DSM

On the main screen select “Systemsteuerung” to open the system configuration menu.
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In the menu select “Speicher Manager” to open the storage manager for disks and volume setup.
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You should now see that all 5 disks have been found and are in the “not in use disks” (“nicht verwendete Festplatten”) state.
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To create a RAID group select “Diskgruppe” on the left side and click on “Erstellen”.
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The assistant will now guide you through the initialization of a new disk group. First step is to select the disks you want to use. In my case, all disks are used in the same disk group, but you can of course create different groups with your 5 disks, depending on your needs.
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After clicking on “Weiter” the wizard will tell you that all disks will be deleted and initialized. You need to confirm (attention: this will delete all existing data on your disks).
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Now that the disks are initialized, you need to select the RAD type you want to use. In my case I want to use all Synology features, that’s why I select the Synology Hybrid RAID here.
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The RAID offers you either a disk fault tolerance of 1 or 2 disks. In my case 1 disks is good enough as 2 disks will result in 2x 4TB lost capacity.
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After confirming the setting and defining a name you can complete the wizard. You will see that after finishing the DS1517+ will start to initialize the disks. This can take some hrs. but you can already start to create your volumes.


Now that the RAID is configured and initialized you need to create a volume that finally holds the data. A volume is like a slice of a whole cake. The whole cake has 14TB of data but your slice is only what you need so in my case 10TB.

Click on “Volume” on the left side an select “Erstellen”:
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The wizard will guide you again through all steps. It’s needed to define a name and the filesystem you want to use as well as the capacity of your “slice”. All others will be pre-defined (in case you followed my guide above).

After the wizard is completed you should see your volume becoming available.
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Last but not least its time to change to IP Address of your DS1517+ from DHCP to a static one. I highly recommend to set a static IP to make sure your NAS is also available in case the DHCP server is not available and the IP remains always the same. To do so select again “Systemsteuerung” in the main menu.
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Next is to select “Netzwerk”.
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In the “Netzwerk” menu select “Netzwerk-Schnittstellen” to get access to all available network interfaces. Select the one you want to assign a static IP. In my case only the LAN1 interface is in use right now.
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Select “Bearbeiten” to open the following window. Here you can switch the checkbox from DHCP to manual configuration and set a static IP address. With a final click on “OK” your IP will be changed. Please be aware that this means your DS1517+ will no longer be available on the old address. After waiting some seconds you should be able to re-login using the new IP-Address.
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I highly recommend to perform all the basic step before putting any data on the system.
The initial setup is now completely done any the DS1517+ is ready for data.

In the next post I will show you how to perform the User, Folder/Share Configuration.

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.

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