The ten MUST HAVE apps for any new Synology user

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In a previous thread, one of the long-timers said (I think as a joke) that we should start this thread. I think we should. There seems to be a number of apps that most people need to get up and running. My question is... what are they? Thoughts?

If your buddy offered you a bottle of scotch/wine/coffee/whatever and said, "hey, setup up my NAS for me would ya" what are the ten apps you'd install on their box?
 

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Beyond, VPN server, Snapshot and replication, Docker, HyperBackup, Drive and VMM, I use a lot of Docker image to expand my needs.


There are just a few. Have about 30-40 apps depending on the "need"
 
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for me



-Snaphot/Replication
-HyperBackup

are the necessities



- Drive
- Active Backup for Business

these in case you don't have another better way to backup your PCs or servers


- Photostation
- Calendar
- Contacts
- NoteStation

are nice caddies if you need / like them


- VPN server

a must have, BUT I see adventages running it at the router/firewall


there are a lot more depending on one's needs (like Unifi Controller as an example )
 

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It really depends on everyone’s needs, but on my NAS is:
  • Hyper Backup
  • Snapshot Replication
  • CardDAV
  • Calendar
  • Note Station
  • Synology Drive
  • Plex
  • Docker (with a bunch of services)

Stopped using Moments and currently only uploading photos from mobile via DS file. Waiting for Photos in DSM 7 if it will be better. Don't like how Moments create folders for each day in File Station...

Next thing is to set up Active Backup for Business.
 

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It really depends on everyone’s needs
Bingo!

Me...
  1. Audio Station/DS audio: it can stream direct to UPnP/DLNA speaker and Airplay (hey even my Airplay 2 Apple TVs are working again when PIN access is enabled), plus Casting ... never tried this.
  2. Media Server*: music serving to my HEOS devices.
  3. Plex*: because it works well and tags easier than VS. A pity it doesn't support Airplay.
  4. Video Station/DS video: cos the family finally use this in preference to iTunes library content (cos I stopped updating that).
  5. Moments: I'm lazy and just want something similar to Apple iCloud/Photos.
  6. Synology Drive: Works for my needs and is enough original Dropbox-y now that Dropbox is bloated and a client resource hog.
  7. Note Station/DS note: For recording stuff like a note/scratch pad... unix and setup commands that I'll forget.
  8. Docker: for those unpackaged applications that are useful to try out and/or keep.
  9. Hyper Backup: all the data needs protecting off-NAS.

That's nine and I can't decide which is the last one:
  • DNS Server: run an internal server so that I can access devices by a simple name and also bypass Internet resolution for my home domain.
  • VPN Server: if I didn't run VPN Plus server on SRM router then this would be it.
  • Mail Server/Mail Station: as a mail archive for emails forwarded from Internet services (set firewalls to only allow SMTP in from those Internet servers).
  • Web Station: if nothing else then to ensure that DSM doesn't listen on HTTP 80/HTTPS 443.

I run but only out of curiosity the calendar, CardDAV/Contacts, etc services. For now iCloud is enough and I don't get the extra hassle to support that too.

*Media Server is preferred over Plex's DLNA server because I can configure the menus to provide only music. If Plex was more configurable (I still use age classification access control to video) then I might use it instead.
 

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If your buddy offered you a bottle of scotch/wine/coffee/whatever and said, "hey, setup up my NAS for me would ya" what are the ten apps you'd install on their box?

I'd then ask back: 'What are all the things you want to get out of it'?
And talk about the possibilities.

Only then I can tell which (Docker) Apps to run on it.
 
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For me I’ll just add to most of the above (since no one mentioned it), Surveillance Station. I’m also using Emby media server.
But it really depends on your needs.
 

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