How to mount a remote folder on Synology NAS

When using more than one Synology NAS on the same network, it’s possible to link them together and mount shared folders for more convenient access. While one could transfer data using physical media, this guide will run you through how to mount remote NAS folders on Synology NAS.

There are some limitations on how many connections can be mounted at once and where folders can be loaded. Here’s what you should bear in mind:

  • The maximum number of concurrent remote folders mounted by a Synology NAS is 100.
  • Only remote connections using CIFS or NFS protocols are supported.
  • Remote folders can only be mounted to subfolders under shared folders.
  • Remote folders cannot be mounted in a Hybrid Share folder or any of its subfolders.

With multiple NAS enclosures mounted on a single location, it’s possible to dedicate specific servers to certain tasks and use mounted folders in place of local storage on a single enclosure.

How to mount a remote CIFS folder on Synology NAS

  1. Log into your Synology NAS.
  2. Open File Station.
  3. Go to Tools > Mount Remote Folder > CIFS Shared Folder.
Mounting remote folder in Synology DSM 7
Mounting remote folder in Synology DSM 7. (Source: NAS Master)
  1. Enter the remote folder path in the “Folder” field. For example:

\\domain_name\Remote_Folder
\\Remote_Server_IP\Remote_Folder

  1. Enter valid user credentials in the Account name and Password fields if privileges are required on the remote server.
Synology DSM 7 CIFS mounting
Mounting a remote folder through CIFS on Synology DSM 7. (Source: NAS Master)
  1. Click Browse.
  2. Select the location where you want the remote folder to be mounted on the Synology NAS.
  3. Check the Mount automatically on startup box if you want Synology NAS to mount this remote folder on every system startup.
  4. Click Mount.

DSM will now mount the folder to the location specified and should the startup box be checked, this action will be carried out on each system startup.

How to mount a remote NFS folder on Synology NAS

  1. Log into your Synology NAS.
  2. Open File Station.
  3. Go to Tools > Mount Remote Folder > NFS Shared Folder.
Mounting remote folder in Synology DSM 7
Mounting remote folder in Synology DSM 7. (Source: NAS Master)
  1. Enter the remote folder path in the “Folder” field. For example:

\\domain_name\Remote_Folder
\\Remote_Server_IP\Remote_Folder

  1. Choose the NFS version and transport protocol.
Mounting NFS Synology DSM 7
Mounting through NFS on Synology DSM 7. (Source: NAS Master)
  1. Click Browse.
  2. Select the location where you want the remote folder to be mounted on the Synology NAS.
  3. Check the Mount automatically on startup box if you want Synology NAS to mount this remote folder on every system startup.
  4. Click Mount.

DSM will now mount the folder to the location specified and should the startup box be checked, this action will be carried out on each system startup.

How to unmount a remote folder on Synology NAS

There are two ways to unmount a Synology NAS through File Station. One involves right-clicking a folder to use the context menu and the other using the menu. We’ll cover both below:

  1. Log into your Synology NAS.
  2. Open File Station.
  3. Go to Tools > Mount List.
Mounting remote folder in Synology DSM 7. (Source: NAS Master)
  1. Select the remote folder and click Unmount.
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