Synology

Virtual Machine Manager


5 / 5
27 reviews


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27 Reviews

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  • 4.5 / 5
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About Virtual Machine Manager

Synology NAS add-on that allows you to run multiple VMs on your NAS, restore a VM using snapshot technology, and allocate IT resources among several VMs.


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Virtual Machine Manager Features

  • Backup Management
  • Graphical User Interface
  • Remote Control
  • VDI
  • Virtual Machine Encryption
  • Virtual Machine Migration
  • Virtual Machine Monitoring
  • Virtual Server

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Synology has transformed our File Server + VPN situation

Nov 13, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: We first introduced Synology diskstation into our environment about 3 1/2 years ago to solve a specific problem. We were running our file server on a windows server in an environment where we have windows and mac devices. Mac devices were struggling to connect, have poor performance when using SMB, and other less pressing issues. We needed to do something. It didn't take a lot of research to find Synology and be convinced to give it a try. Not only did it solve our file server issue, but it solved our vpn issue too. We were using a certain vendor for vpn which posed many problems and once we setup the vpn server on the diskstation and migrated the users to it, All vpn issues went away. We have had minimal issues since day 1.

Cons: The support. When you reach out via their site for chat support, it is very level 1 type support and there's not a lot they can assist with. Maybe this is typical, but it's not always convenient. You can file tickets from the interface which puts your ticket in a queue of higher tiered support which communicates via email. While the support has been able to resolve 99% of our issues, you do have to wait via email. Just not my favorite support but this would never stop or prevent me from continuing to use Synology.

Overall: As a Sysadmin I can say that Synology has solved many critical issues not just at my current job but others as well, simplified our environment, reduced support tickets, and created an environment where things just work. As long as your network is configured right and you have the synology setup well, you will not run into many issues especially in a mixed windows/mac environment.

Your data is safe with Synology!

Nov 07, 2017
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: The pros of the Synology software are that you don't need to be an IT professional to use it. It is basic enough for the average person to figure out yet robust enough to really dig in deep and get some really great features and apps working for you. It's super easy to set up a new DiskStation using the Synology software. This is coming from someone who has set up and administrated 4 for my company over the last 5 or so years. Before that I has set up and administrated Linux servers for my company's file sharing needs. With all of the learning and time I had to put into figuring out how to do what needed to be done in Linux I could have just spent few more dollars to buy a DiskStation and let it do most of the work for me. The Synology software is setup a lot like a computer desktop, with apps and a taskbar and the option to show your system health (similar to to Task Manager on a computer). There are lots of helpful utilities built in with lots of add-in app options for anything from music sharing to web hosting to file sharing. There is good built in security as well but the less the outside world is able to reach your server the better. I now use it completely offline as a backup for a Windows server as our needs changed after using it for a simple file server for years. It is still a vital part of our business and the versatility is a HUGE strong point with these machines and this very powerful software.

Cons: The biggest cons would be that it is hard to learn how to do certain things and the support is minimal unless you pay for a support package. Fortunately there is a large community of users that you can query for answers to your problems. My biggest headache was setting up remote backups with Synology DiskStation to DiskStations. This is slightly more of an advanced function but one that I think many people use this for but the documentation on how to accomplish this is very simplistic and not detailed enough. If you follow the directions given (even in the forums) you get basic instructions that don't accomplish what you need to. Not sure why they didn't think to give better instructions on how to do something so needful.

Overall: File sharing and data backup beast - it's really great for lots of other things but for our business those are the two things we have used it for and it is an awesome addition to our company's IT infrastructure.

Diskstation is perfect for personal and small business use. A great admin interface with good tools.

Mar 21, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
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Pros: The web Admin console handles just like a smooth operating system. It's easy to update applications and the Diskstation itself. It's amazing how far Synology has polished the interface experience, even compared to enterprise-grade interfaces.

Cross-platform protocols supported: SMB and NFS are supported, which is great for my shop, as we have Linux, Windows and Apple devices that require a variety of protocols to access files via the Synology device. Raspberry PIs and many smart devices can communicate with your Diskstation without issue.

Easy to get started: High adoption of these devices means lots of help can be found online. Synology provides how-to articles and knowledge base.

Monitoring widgets: Easy and informative widgets to monitor capacity of drives, health, and resources available. These can be configured on a dashboard to check at a glace in the Admin interface.

Integrates with Plex media center app. I can use my Diskstation NAS to host my local media and stream to all of my media devices on the network.

Cons: Package Center adoption not comprehensive: It would be nice to see a larger variety of offerings for apps. As it stands, if you have a Diskstation that does not have the ability to run virtual machines, you you will be limited in what applications are available.

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Synology Diskstation has been an incredibly valuable resource for business and home solutions.

Mar 09, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: The amount of first-party apps which are aimed at solving a lot of tasks users may have is what makes this software suite great. Other NAS providers may aim at a handful of media and downloading softwares, but Synology makes it clear out of the gate that their focus is on productivity. They produce apps which handle everything from CRM and CMS installations to security camera integration, to virtualization. The sheer value proposition of Diskstation makes it difficult to view this as a valuable product. Their customer service is also spot-on - we had to run an RMA through their center and both Email and Phone support were prompt and helpful.

Cons: The only issue I have found is either the learning curve of the software is a bit too high for some use cases, or the software doesn't dive deep enough into it outright replacing everything we are using. While I see incredible value for others with the mail server, for instance, it cannot perform everything we need and so it isn't being used. This is only a minor issue though, as I am confident there is something for everybody on in this product.

Network storage and a wide range of apps

Nov 12, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: The core functionality of storage and backup is made easy to configure with DiskStation. I use my Synology NAS for PC and server backups, folder synchronization, file sharing, knowledgebase, media, surveillance camera video recording, and off-site backup. They have apps to sync NAS-to-NAS, PC-to-NAS, as well as NAS-to-cloud with numerous cloud storage providers - Amazon S3, Azure, Backblaze, Box, Dropbox, Google, OneDrive and others. About half of the models support hardware-based encryption.

Cons: Communication with support seems to be mostly one-way, it's not clear if or when bugs will be fixed. Hard to know which of the many backup/sync apps is the right one for your use case, naming of apps doesn't help.

Overall: Using a DiskStation is generally a smooth experience, can do many chores with one unit. Updates are frequent and usually without incident. Enables getting more done by automating many day-to-day functions.

Synology Diskstation and NAS Storage are a must have for a small business.

Apr 09, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: The ease of use of this software is by far the greatest part of it. It is very user-friendly and almost anyone with the smallest amount of technical skills can set up a Server/NAS with Synology's diskstation. It allows our company to store all of our product photos and files on the drive while being able to give access to people through the cloud service, so they can work on the road or at home if needed.

Cons: There is nothing I dislike about this software. Synology really knows how to cover all of its bases and make NAS as easy as turning on your TV.

Overall: The benefits we get from this software is small startup cost and maintenance for our small business because we don't have to pay an IT company and a huge initial fee to set up a server for us because Synology makes it so easy to setup a NAS server.

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The Best Way to Manage and Backup Your Data

Nov 02, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: DiskStation is so user-friendly. The menus are easy to navigate and you can find what you're looking for very quickly. Setup is a breeze and the add-ons give you more functionality without any added cost.

I love the virtual desktop environment that Synology has created for DiskStation. It feels like I'm using another OS but I think that's a good thing. The environment is different enough so I don't confuse it with my main OS but familiar enough so I can do what I need to quickly.

Synology has made backing up critical data effortless and made accessing that data very convenient.

Cons: The software is great but the online support material is lacking in a big way. I wish there were more videos produced by Synology to help users understand the advanced features of the software.

It also feels like I'm downloading updates all the time.

Good for starting better for growing

Feb 19, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: - Very powerfull an easy to configure for a novice user (0 prior experience in server instalation).

- Very stable and reliable. We start with a small size server, and after 3 years we move to a bigger solution. We decide to remaing with Synology primearly because of the features and ease of use of it operating system.

Cons: - There are some bugs that have to be solved by commandline, which itΒ΄s something kind of nerve-raking.

- The Drive integration still need improving.

- The online tutorials and guides could be better.

Overall: Been a small team of creative people with no technical experience in server installation and management, Synology did offer us the perfect solution for growing our business.

Very robust and user friendly

Mar 28, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Many features available in an invisible appliance. I use 2 disk stations, one at our dental office and one at home. I have them linked to back up to each other, so offsite backups are painless. Essentially I control my own cloud. Accessing data via mobile is very easy using my iPad so I can get a needed file quickely. The hardware has been rock solid over the years, and the software updates come regularly, eliminating threats and adding features, while not being buggy. Truly a great product that keeps getting better. They continue to support the units I have with software updates even though they are several years old. So far no feeling of obsolescence.

Cons: A few things that require set up can sometimes be a bit confusing. Unless you are willing to read a bit online and think it through, it's a bit of work to get the most out of this highly capable system. If you happen to be experienced in setting up NAS systems, then I'm sure it's not that hard. For me, however, even though I'm an electrical and computer engineer, I still have to relearn some things each time I interact with the software. This is probably a complement since it means that it runs well enough that you end up not interacting very often to make adjustments.

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It works and its dirt cheap. Solid NAS. Support could drastically improve.

Feb 06, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Pretty much everything but support. Assuming you bought the bare model, you populate the drives. Then use the utility that finds it by MAC and you assign an IP. Connect, and you'll find a rather pretty GUI that resembles windows 7. Updates and simple, and frequently released. 3rd party and native apps are abound. Its also dead simple to set up replication, if you wanted to setup a second unit for DR or backups. I also personally use one at home, using it as a plex host for my home theater, and it performs flawlessly.

Cons: Support isn't great, and it's overseas. Expect to conduct it all via email, and responses are not quick, Still, its so solid you may never need to contact them. Compared to the costs of a SAN, and other NAS, this should be a no brainer.

Overall: The cost of storage and the functions, this is a great investment with no learning curve.

Synology versus QNAP

Sep 18, 2017
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

1 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: We use both Synology and QNAP NAS devices. Both have similar capabilities and features. Synology updates their firmware and software regularly. These updates contain new features and lots of bug fixes.

Cons: Synology's Customer Service is the one area where Synology falls short in comparison to other NAS providers. Although their forums are helpful because they contain good information from other end users, Synology's own Customer Service is often delayed and unhelpful.

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Reliable Drive Array, but it's the software that makes the difference

Jul 25, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: DiskStation and its added packages make the Synology the best NAS available for small to medium businesses, including SOHO. A perfect suite of software packages, most available for free, to use on your PC or mobile device.

Cons: I really want a BookStation or DS Books app to keep track of my massive library of digital book titles.

Overall: 40 TB of space for my company team, to share data and collaborate. This works quite well for our business.

Makes synching local data with cloud storage really easy

Sep 26, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: The suite is so fully featured. At one stage we were dropping data onto it, and it was synching with Dropbox in the background. Another time we used it to have 2 boxes on 2 continents synched together. Really convenient.

Cons: Bit of a learning curve and expensive for equipment to run it on.

Overall: Business back-up locally, and to the cloud.

We use our Synology NAS as a backup as well as a file server

Feb 28, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: We've loved our new NAS device. The interface is a lot more cleaner than I expected and having the peace of mind knowing that everything is backed up with the option to expand at a moments notice is great. The feature list is rich and once setup as needed, it has been without issue.

Cons: I feel the firewall rules are a little difficult to understand at first. Making it more intuitive would be very helpful. Luckily, the documentation helps clear up any issues.

Overall: Being able to backup pretty much any data (including using Mac's Time Machine feature) has been great. We also use the sharing for our file server and that has been very convenient.

Great for hosting your own network storage

Dec 16, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: I use Synology for hosting files at home. It is relatively easy to set up and get going, even for someone completely new at using it. The software comes with numerous utilities for managing files, processes, resources, and user permissions. There are also many more apps out there that you can install. Hosting my videos and pictures has never been easier, and with my redundant harddrives, my data is safe in case a drive is lost. The interface is very clean, and the functions are easy to use and simple to understand.

Cons: This is not a problem with the software itself but a limitation with the hardware. I have a bare model with a weak cpu, and so every now and then I experience latency issues, or slow ramp up times.

Overall: I love using my Diskstation at home, and I could imagine this being extremely useful for small businesses as well.

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I had no idea that owning a Synology would be one of the best decisions I'd ever made.

Nov 01, 2017
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: There are hundreds of apps that you can install to extend the functionality of your Synology. I put docker on it and am using it as a testbed for my web development projects.

Cons: The support documentation for the product is good but could be better. Many of the add-ons apps don't have any documentation on how to use the app.

Great product and server

Feb 01, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: I like the cloud storage aspect

Cons: It could cost less

Overall: Synology makes a Great server and support software. They update their apps (and server software) every few weeks.

Recommendations to other buyers: Try the smartphone apps.

Where all my family backups are saved

Feb 22, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: We've set up a Synology Nas at home to save our backups and photos and I'm super happy with it! DiskStation is a great tool that allows you to store all your valuable data safely at home. Its software is clean and easy to use and I couldn't be happier for it!

Cons: It's not a cheap solution compared to external disks or supports, but I'm sure it'll pay in the long time. High quality components are pricey and you have to pay for them.

A very good OS makes a very good NAS

Aug 30, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: I was skeptical when deciding about a new NAS. Synology was for sure an expensive solution, but all reviews I've read came to the conclusion that it works due to having the best OS out there. So I got it and I have to say that I'm really impressed with the OS, it's set of features are also endless. It has all kinds of NAS-related features, but also a lot of features you can use in a small business, it pretty much can replace a small server.

Cons: Nothing so far, no issues, no problems. Only thing that comes to mind is that it's expensive compared to other similar devices in terms of hardware.

Great virtual machine on my Nas!

Apr 06, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Synology Virtual Machine Manager is an easy-to-use virtual machine. It runs well every kind of OS (make sure you allocate enough memory for it). It is also have a great feature that allows you to move virtual machine without stopping them

Cons: Requires a memory upgrade to be used on home Nas. Apart from that the software is really well done and doesn't come with flawed functionalities.

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It is a great tool, it has helped me a lot and has given me very good results

May 31, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

2 / 5
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Pros: I liked most, is the ease with which you can add new hardware, network interfaces and other add-ons that are needed when virtualizing and optimizing a server

The multiplatform option and the great variety of drivers that this software handles, easy to use and provides a great facility when managing virtualization, which provides a great solution for those who do not have much experience when using this type of softwares

Cons: I have some problems with the Libraries, sometimes I have to start the software through the Terminal.

Overall: Easy To use and many options for your Servers be functional

Another great add-on for the Synology.

Mar 07, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

1 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: We use our Synology devices for a variety of tasks. Now being able to install and manage VMs is a great addition to the feature set. Management and snapshots are easy with this add-on.

Cons: Depending on what Synology model you have, VM performance can be a bit underwhelming. I am also not a fan of some of the patching Synology does to the underlying Linux OS. Standard apps no longer behave in expected ways and some functionality has been removed. Also, don't expect to hear from support.

Solid & functional

Jan 25, 2017
3/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

Comments: My business has been using DiskStation for the last four years. Aside from the occasional hiccup, it has worked admirably. We use it for basic music playback in our music school. We have one at each of our locations, synced so that changes made to one location are reflected at the other.

The response is slow at times, particularly when using a remote connection.

I love my DiskStation!

Oct 03, 2016
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I use my Synology NAS device for storing my music, movie, and photo libraries, as well as running as a local backup server. The DiskStation interface is easy to navigate and the features and functions are all well documented. There are a ton of apps (both native and 3rd party) that really enhance the experience and allow me to do so much more than I originally thought. Regular updates are released to improve functionality as well as provide security. I will continue to use the Synology products for a long time.

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Synology NAS systems are feature rich and useful products

Mar 08, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: So many features for a good price point, Synology delivers a scalable NAS system that can be used with CIFS, NFS, iSCSI, and other protocols, while delivering a similar experience across the product line. Customizable for almost any storage application.

Overall: Backups/NAS functionality

Simple Setup and Instant Accessibility from anywhere.

Jul 18, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: - Dusk Station provides robust features to access the files in the SYNOLOGY NAS.

- It has options to run FTP, MEDIA Server. I mostly use to share the folders to specific user with minimal settings. It also has option to set the sharing link expiry.

Cons: - Currently the Android version app allows just to download the files. It will be great if we can add Sync option from Local Android device.

Overall: - Managing a complex NAS easily with Support for Remote Access.

Replacement for Google Apps / G Suite

Apr 20, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I was looking for a long time for a Google Ecosystem replacement.

Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) provides me all of my daily use tools.

Look for "Synology Office", this is really amazing replacement.

All data are yours, encrypted, no emloyeers looking on your files in cloud.