How to use Synology DS218+ NAS with Microsoft OneDrive

Synology DS218+
Synology DS218+ (Image credit: Windows Central)

In this guide, I'm going to show you how to log in, configure, and synchronize your OneDrive with a Synology DS218+. These steps will work on all Synology NAS models running the latest version of DSM.

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How to sync OneDrive with Synology NAS

  1. Connect to your Synology DS218+ using your favorite browser.
  2. Install CloudSync if not already installed from the Package Center.

  1. Choose OneDrive.
  2. Login with your Microsoft account.

  1. Once connected and authenticated, populate the following fields:
    • Connection name: Displayed on the connections list.
    • Local path: Select a local folder. (All directories and files within this folder will be synced to the remote folder.)
    • Remote path: Select a remote folder. (All directories and files within this folder will be synced to the local folder.)
    • Sync direction: Choose between bidirectional, download, or upload only.
    • Schedule settings: Configure schedules for file syncing.
  2. Ensure the check boxes for "Data encryption" and "Don't remove files in the destination folder when they are removed in the source folder" are enabled.
  3. Hit Advanced settings to access more configuration options:
    • By folder: De-select sub-folders you don't want synced.
    • By maximum file size: Ignore files larger than specified size.
    • By file name: Do not sync files that match this name.
    • File extension: Ignore all files that share the specified extensions (.zip, .iso, etc.).
  4. Click Apply.

You're done! Depending on how you configured the synchronization, OneDrive and your Synology DS218+ should commence communications and files should be moved accordingly.

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Because this guide requires a Microsoft account and Synology DS218+ NAS, you likely already have everything sorted. If not, you can find links below to purchase the DS218+ NAS, as well as setting up OneDrive, now that you know it all works flawlessly.

The DS218+ from Synology is a capable NAS that can do many things, including the ability to sync up with numerous cloud platforms, including OneDrive. Should you be a long-time user of Microsoft's cloud storage service and aren't quite ready to leave it be, connect it with your NAS and enjoy the best of both worlds.

Even if you plan on relying on your NAS to store all your media and data, it's worth keeping hold of (or setting up OneDrive), especially if you use Microsoft products and services regularly. OneDrive is super-simple to use and having it automatically synchronize with your NAS means you have local copies of everything. Paid plans are available if you need more storage.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.