Without going to much into the OS debate, instead we offer you some advice on how to configure your Synology diskstation in a SOHO/corporate environment.
1. Building shares
While its certainly important to keep things tight and organized, you should bare in mind that keeping things simple for users to navigate is usually the right approach. Creating a single share per department should be effective and will allow you to setup simple and understandable permissions later on. Apart from these shares, you will usually need a “Public” read+write folder that can be used between departments for data exchange, an “Info” read only share that can be used as a digital information stand for your company and a hidden “Binaries” share that your IT department can use to access crucial drivers and apps from any PC.
2. Users and permissions
Your best approach will be to define a group with permissions for each network share you created. Once you create a user and define his password, all you need to do is assign him to groups based on his department and function. Well documenting is a key factor here and should be done immediately on each and every change.
3. Email notifications
Synology offers a really simple interface and more then enough options to setup a decent notification system. Having an overview on your Synology’s status, as well as receiving crucial email notifications on hardware and software events will allow you to react well before there is any downtime.
4. High availabilty
Uninterrupted availability is something you should try to achieve in all of your server side applications and services.
With Synology High Availability (SHA) you may deploy a high-availability solution to ensure uninterrupted services. SHA allows you to combine two Synology NAS devices into a high-availability cluster, ensuring non-stop storage services with maximized system availability, thus decreasing the risk of unexpected interruptions and costly downtime.