Central Management System

Features

  • System-wide server management and health monitoring service allow easy management of multiple servers
  • Group policies alleviate the effort of large-scale server setup and management
  • Centralized notification and system update reminder to keep all the managed servers up-to-date
  • Immediate updates on storage usage status to pinpoint abnormality with efficiency
  • Display of granular server information to facilitate administration work

Specifications

  • Allows a single CMS host to manage up to 10,000 servers
  • Offers flexible server adding process
    • Allows adding multiple servers easily via IP address, QuickConnect, or FQDN manually or by server list
    • Allows installing DSM on managed servers within the server adding process
  • Provides a centralized view on managed servers' information: network, volume usage, drive, and package
  • Allows administrators to perform predefined actions on managed servers: server shutdown, reboot, and wake on LAN
  • Allows creating server groups and customizing group policies (e.g., file services, network settings, and directory services), and applying the policy settings to the entire server group
  • Allows administrators to customize management policies on the server-wide level, group level, or individual server level
  • Supports the delegation of administrator permissions to specific users or groups on the CMS host, and allows delegated users to manage specific servers or server groups
  • Displays the statuses of storage pool (named RAID Group/Disk Group on DSM 6.1), volume, drive, and shared folder
  • Centralizes the notifications for CMS host and all managed servers, and allows exporting the notifications for further administration use
  • Records the event logs of managed servers and allows exporting the logs in CSV or HTML format
  • Offers auto-reminder on DSM and package updates, and allows administrators to configure settings to receive only important updates and centrally update all managed servers
  • Supports updating DSM and packages on the managed servers by batches

Limitations

  • Supported DSM versions on the managed servers: DSM 5.2, DSM 6.0, DSM 6.1, DSM 6.2
  • Each Synology NAS can only be added to one CMS host for management
  • The management levels of the delegated administrators depend on users' privileges
    • Users belonging to the administrators group can view and modify the settings of all managed servers
    • Users who do not belong to the administrators group can only view and modify the settings of the managed servers that they have been delegated management permissions
  • The reboot and shutdown actions cannot be applied if two managed servers form a high-availability cluster using Synology High Availability