Installing Zabbix Agent onto a Sinology DS216J

Nowadays small storage servers are a cheap solution for store backups and SME storage server.

Recently  Small business with various Sinology Servers in different locations asked me if there any way to control a few parameters like free storage space.

Quickly I remember that zabbix could be a good solution for this scenario, I get a Sinology DS216J and start checking if where posible to install a zabbix agent inside.

Like Qnap these devices are small ARM processors with a customized linux distribution installed.

The process was simply, Just attach a hard disk and update to latest firmware, remember newer is always better.

After First steps, we will need to get a terminal access.

This is easy

Login as admin in your sinology web interface an go to Control Panel -> Advanced Mode -> Terminal & SNMP and enable SSH service

from a linux terminal or  using putty we will login in the sinology

ssh admin@'sinology ip'

for example ssh admin@

now we are inside the nas linux, first we will need to change to root user

sudo su -

now we can install Entware-ng that is a package repository only a few steps are needed

create a dir to store packages

mkdir -p /volume1/@entware-ng/opt

change /opt dir to the previous created

rm -rf /opt
ln -sf /volume1/@entware-ng/opt /opt

now we will execute the repo installer, in our case we are runing an armv7

wget -O - | /bin/sh

next step is integrade entware with our profile

just edit /etc/profile and append these line at the end

. /opt/etc/profile

now we should reboot our nas and login again as admin

and start zabbix installation

opkg update

and we can install zabbix agent

opkg install zabbix-agentd

your zabbix configuration file will be at


and you can start and stop zabbix agent launching this command

/opt/etc/init.d/S07zabbix_agentd start

/opt/etc/init.d/S07zabbix_agentd stop



One Reply to “Installing Zabbix Agent onto a Sinology DS216J”

  1. Hey, thanks for the doco. it appears entware-ng is now dead and has been merged into entware, so your instructions will need updating.

    however, once you did what you have shown, what template did you apply to the synology device on the zabbix server?

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