When you set up your Synology DS920+ or another Synology NAS device, you will be asked to create a user. Additionally, there may be an existing Admin user. Also, you or someone else may have added more users. We will learn how to explore existing users and add a new user in this post. In our next post, we will look at editing and removing users.
Follow these steps to explore this walkthrough:
- Log in to your Synology device, and you will be presented with the DiskStation Manager interface, as shown in Figure 1, below. Click the Control Panel icon, shown highlighted in red within Figure 1.
Figure 1: DiskStation Manager
- Doing so brings up the Control Panel interface, as shown in Figure 2, below. Click the User icon, shown highlighted in red within Figure 2.
Figure 2: Control Panel
- This action brings up a list of all users, as shown in Figure 3, below. As you can see, only one of the three accounts is active, and the other two have been disabled, as can be seen in the Status column.
Figure 3: Users
- To add a new user, click the Create button, shown highlighted in red within Figure 3, above. Doing so brings up the User Creation Wizard window, shown in Figure 4, below.
Figure 4: User Creation Wizard
- The process is simple. You can fill in a name and password and get done. You also have options to provide a description and an email address for the new user. Plus, you can send a notification via email to the new user, with or without the password. This option only works if you have enabled the email notification service on your Synology NAS. Additionally, you can disallow the user to change the password. When done, click the Next button.
- In the next window, you can add the new user to one of several groups you may have created. Some groups such as administrators, http, and users are already set up for you, as shown in Figure 5, below. Unless you want to provide this user more access than others, it’s best to select just the users group for now. Do note that the users‘ group cannot be deselected, and it’s already chosen. Click the Next button to proceed.
Figure 5: Join groups
- Next, you are asked to assign permissions for shared folders to this new user. As you can see in Figure 6, below, we have no shared folders set up. For now, we click the Next button.
Figure 6: Assign permissions for shared folders
- The subsequent screen asks you to assign a user quota for the space used, as shown in Figure 7, below. There’s nothing much to choose here now since this is a new Synology NAS. We clicked the Next button.
Figure 7: User quota setting
- The next screen asks you to assign application permissions, as shown in Figure 8, below. Nothing is selected by default. We checked the Allow option for DSM and clicked the Next button.
Figure 8: Assign application permissions
- The next sequential screen asks you to assign speed limits, as shown in Figure 9, below. We accepted the defaults and clicked the Next button.
Figure 9: Assign speed limit
- Finally, you will see the Confirm settings window that paraphrases choices made in previous screens, as shown in Figure 10, below. We clicked the Apply button.
Figure 9: Confirm settings
- Your new user has now been added. If you revisit the Users panel, as shown in Figure 10, below, you will notice that a new user has been added, as shown highlighted in red (compare Figures 10 and 3).
Figure 10: New user added