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Step 1: Directory Setup Guide (DSM7.2.x)

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Please note – before starting make sure you have installed the Container Manager package from Package Manager

When passing folders into a Docker container each mount point is treated as its own filesystem.

This means when moving files between two mount points Docker will do a Copy, then Delete operation. Meaning you are creating a full duplicate of a file while its being ‘moved’ creating unwanted disk IO and temporarily taking up double the space. (especially when seeding torrents after copying to the final folders)

In order to avoid this we need to set up a clean directory structure that allows us to just have one folder or share mounted to our containers.

If you are starting with these guides and have existing media you may need to move around your data in line with this setup, I recommend creating all the folders below using File station to avoid potential permission issues later.

Directory Structure

With this setup all of your media will sit within a single share, you can call this whatever you want but in all the guides it will be called ‘data’. If you change its name you will need to adjust any steps or compose files from my guides accordingly.

Open up the control panel then in ‘Shared Folder’ hit ‘Create’

On screen 1 fill out the name as ‘data’

Screen 2 we leave the folder unencrypted and don’t enable write once features

Screen 3 – Enable data checksums as this will help catch any issues with files during data scrubbing.

Screen 4 – just click next past the summary

On the final screen we don’t need to change any user permissions yet, we will do that in the second guide.

The Sub-folders

Now we have our main ‘data’ directory we need to create a number of sub-folders to hold our media and downloaded files. You can amend this depending on whether you are using Torrents or Usenet (Newsgroups) or both.

You will initially create 3 folders within /data

  • media
  • torrents
  • usenet

Then under /data/media create

  • movies
  • music
  • tv
  • books

Then under /data/torrents create

  • completed
  • incoming
  • watch

Then under /data/usenet create

  • completed
  • intermediate
  • nzb
  • queue

Your folder tree should now look like this.

Finally, within the /docker shared folder create a folder called ‘projects‘ which will be used for any containers using the Projects (Docker Compose) feature of Container Manager.

You can now go back to where you left off in the guides and do the next step.

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  1. Scott Scott

    Hi again sorry 🙁
    I got sick of my Synology moving my Nord VPN to be the primary network interface after me moving it back to 2nd repeatedly. So I thought I’d try this guide.

    The project has 2 healthy containers.
    The gluetun log shows my new Nord IP however I can’t open the qbit UI using

    I disabled the Synology Firewall to test if that was the cause but no change.

    I can open my other containers that use a different bridge using the bridge IP,, and their port number. They also don’t work if I use my Synology IP.
    With that in mind I tried but no joy still.

    Edit ——–
    Whilst writing this I discover my phone connected via wifi CAN access the qbit UI using but my PC can’t.
    Any ideas ?

    Upside is that I’ve confirmed qbit is using my Nord IP.

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      If it’s purely the PC not being able to access I would see if it has been banned

      Look in the qBittorrent.conf file for the line IPFilter \ BannedIPs =

      If your PC is listed delete the IP, you will need to stop the project before doing this otherwise the changes wont save.

  2. Rusty Rusty

    any reason you don’t enable recycle bin? that’s saved me a few times, just preference I’m guessing?

  3. blackmonkeys blackmonkeys

    I can’t check the enable data checksums because the checkbox is greyed.. I’m on DSM 7.2.1-69057 Update 4, NAS DS124

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      It is likely you have not used BTRFS for the filesystem or its not supported on your system

        • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

          I would use btrfs as you gain the various features it provides such as snapshots, file healing etc

  4. Tiago Tiago

    Loving these guides so far, I tried all of this years back and gave up mid-way, thank you for all your work. Question, is this folder structure set up for “Atomic-Moves” as many other guides opt for? if not, why they choose not to? Or did I miss them later on in your guides and process?

  5. Sanjay Sanjay

    Great intro! To those noobs who were stuck like I was after creating the data folder, you need to move to File Station to create the folders / subdirectories after creating the shared folder ‘data.’

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