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Synology® releases DSM 6.1 and several packages for beta testing

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom – 2nd November 2016 - Synology® UK today announced the beta release of DiskStation Manager (DSM) 6.1 and several packages, inviting the Synology community to experience the latest software and participate in the development process.

“Synology is evolving to satisfy the needs of professionals and businesses by delivering tools that go beyond just storage. Today’s announcement highlights how Synology NAS can act as your office’s all-in-one server and become a central piece of your IT strategy,” said James Chen, CEO of Synology Inc, Taiwan.

Refined, yet robust tools for IT administrators:

DiskStation Manager 6.1 beta: The latest iteration of Synology’s NAS operating system introduces granular tools for monitoring the health of the system, file self-healing for enhanced data integrity, refined support for Apple’s Time Machine, as well as flexible system update options that simplify the lives of system administrators. 

Active Directory Server (Coming soon): This new application allows select Synology NAS models to serve as a domain controller in order to manage users, groups, and devices in an office environment.

Brand new beta applications for sharing, finding, and organising data

Synology Universal Search: A powerful search tool that helps users find everything on their Synology NAS — from important documents and multimedia files to applications and help tips. 

USB Copy: For those who often store data on USB drives, USB Copy is a convenient tool that allows users to back up files to or from a Synology NAS by simply plugging in a USB storage device. The customisable rules allow users to specify exactly which folders should be copied.

Refined data protection and business continuity packages 

Snapshot Replication: To ensure business documents, virtual machine data, or other crucial files remain safe and available in the event of a disaster, the updated Snapshot Replication application introduces management tools to monitor and pause ongoing tasks, as well as the ability to save snapshots to a local volume for greater flexibility.

Hyper Backup: The latest version of Hyper Backup keeps backups safe thanks to advanced integrity checks, reducing storage consumption with enhanced data deduplication, allowing users to customise and fine-tune version retention policies.

Synology High Availability: When deploying a high-availability cluster, the latest version of Synology High Availability supports running S.M.A.R.T. tests and enabling SSD TRIM on both of the servers, and allows users to add a quorum server to reduce the chances of split-brain situations.

Virtual DSM Manager: The latest beta release lets users can now seamlessly migrate virtual instances of DSM between two Synology NAS while keeping data stored on a third machine in order to avoid service downtime. In addition, by leveraging snapshot technologies available on Btrfs volumes, Virtual DSM Manager can clone and restore entire machines within seconds.


DSM 6.1 beta and packages are available for download. For more information on compatibility and installation, please visit

Synology at a Glance

Synology creates network attached storage, IP surveillance solutions, and network equipment that transform the way users manage data, conduct surveillance, and manage network in the cloud era. By taking full advantage of the latest technologies, Synology aims to help users centralise data storage and backup, share files on-the-go, implement professional surveillance solutions, and manage network in reliable and affordable ways. Synology is committed to delivering products with forward-thinking features and the best in class customer services.