Synology can provide a
home folder for each user. This is called the
user home service. Several other services require this service. Installing Synology packages which depend on home directories, will get it to activate automatically. Subsequently, installing these packages like Synology Drive Station will ask which volume to enable to user home service.
In this post, we will activate the
user home service so we can provide each user with their own home directory. It is essential because we need this for several reasons. For example, when you want to use SSH Key-Based authentication. SSH login keys must be stored within a user’s home directory. Until you have a home directory, it will work.
Enable home directories
Configuring the user home service on Synology is actually very simple.
- Login in to DSM as an administrator
User & Group
- Go to the tab
- Scroll down or expand the last section
- Enable the checkbox
Enable user home service
- Select the volume for the home directories
Applyto save the changes and enable the user home service
When enabling the user to access home service, a warning states that the
Recycle bin status is set to
Disabled. Let’s fix this.
Enable recycle bin for home directories
- Go to
- Select shared folder
Hide this shared folder in "My Network Places"
Enable Recycle Bin
Restrict access to administrators only
- Go to tab
Saveto apply the changes to the
Finally, you have successfully set up Synology home directories by enabling the user home service. Every user on your DiskStation will have its home folder. I hope you enjoyed this one.
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