A beginners guide to setting up a Synology NAS | Part 10 | Understanding Users, Permissions, Groups and Folders

In order to correctly setup network shares on a Synology NAS, you will need to work with four main elements: Shared folders, User Accounts, Permissions and Groups. So in this video we try and give you some context regarding how these elements work together.

On a Synology NAS there are four main account types: Root, Administrator, User and Guest. When we create a new user account, we determine what type of account it will be by using permissions. Permissions will then control what level of access a user will have to services and folders on a NAS.

We then have Groups, which is simply a mechanism to make it easier when assigning or changing access permissions for large groups of users. So for anyone who has created only one or two user accounts on their NAS. The benefits in using Groups will be very limited.

Note: We make mention of using SSH in order to access the root account. If you would like to know more about enabling SSH please take a look at the following videos:

Quick reference notes:

  • Log into your NAS using your Administrators credentials 
  • Select Control Panel – Users and Groups 

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