Enable SHR on Synology DS3615xs – Newest Lab Addition

I got a new toy for my lab, so I wanted to share how to enable SHR on Synology DS3615xs.

Enable SHR on Synology DS3615xs – Introduction

While my r710 was working great for VMs/storage, it was time to start upgrading my lab.

After poking around on Craigslist/Facebook, I saw a great deal on some Synology devices.

In the end, I got a Synology DS3615xs and 11x 6TB NAS drives for just under $500!

By default, the newest version of DSM does not support SHR out of the box, but I wanted to re-enable it.

DiskStation Setup and Configuration

First, I took a picture of my new toy in all of its beauty.

Enable SHR on Synology DS3615xs - DS3615xs

When I booted it up, it installed DSM to all of the drives.

DSM installation

When this was complete, I saw a welcome page, and went through the initial setup process.

Welcome to Synology

Next, I logged in to my newly created account.

Enable SHR on Synology DS3615xs - Login

As you can see, this system is rocking an i3-4130 and 4GB of RAM.

DS3615xs specs

Additionally, all 11 drives were showing up and healthy.

Drive status

Enable SHR on Synology DS3615xs

With the system online and setup, it was time to enable SHR.

The reason for Synology disabling SHR is that this is expected to be an enterprise NAS. That said, I will likely be upgrading it slowly over time, and my drives won’t always match.

First, I found the XPEnology write-up, which was invaluable for this process.

Once I enabled SSH on my NAS, I connected to edit the synoinfo.conf file.

doyler@Alexandria:/$ sudo vi /etc.defaults/synoinfo.conf
We trust you have received the usual lecture from the local System
Administrator. It usually boils down to these three things:
    #1) Respect the privacy of others.
    #2) Think before you type.
    #3) With great power comes great responsibility.

As you can see, I commented out the original raidgroup setting, and then followed the rest of the steps.

Enable SHR on Synology DS3615xs - Raid group comment

In the end, this is what my config file looked like.

doyler@Alexandria:/$ cat /etc.defaults/synoinfo.conf

... <snip> ...



... <snip> ...


Creating the Storage Pool

After restarting the box, I went to create a new storage pool from my existing drives.

This time, SHR was available as an option, and I created a pool using all 11 of my drives with 2-drive fault tolerance.

SHR volume

When I created the new pool, the parity check started to run, and I was left with over 47TB of available space!

Storage pool parity check

Enable SHR on Synology DS3615xs – Conclusion

I was not planning to buy such a large NAS solution, but I could not pass up this deal. That said, the DS3617xs is the newer version if that is what you are looking for.

This will serve as my stand-alone storage base, and I will no longer need to worry about combining storage and VMs.

Even after moving over everything from the r710 and my desktop, I’m only using 9% of the available space so far.

Enable SHR on Synology DS3615xs - Current usage

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Ray Doyle is an avid pentester/security enthusiast/beer connoisseur who has worked in IT for almost 16 years now. From building machines and the software on them, to breaking into them and tearing it all down; he's done it all. To show for it, he has obtained an OSCE, OSCP, eCPPT, GXPN, eWPT, eWPTX, SLAE, eMAPT, Security+, ICAgile CP, ITIL v3 Foundation, and even a sabermetrics certification!

He currently serves as a Senior Staff Adversarial Engineer for Avalara, and his previous position was a Principal Penetration Testing Consultant for Secureworks.

When he's not figuring out what cert to get next or side project to work on, he enjoys playing video games, traveling, and watching sports.

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