Connecting External Storage

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The issue you are facing:
I’m looking for advise on the best way to add external storage.

I’ve setup a data folder under /opt/data as part of the install. I now want to add a chunk of storage from a synology NAS which will be used for ‘group shares’ storage.

I’m assuming I need to use the ‘external folders’ app? Is there any other options?

If I’m using the external storage app, which is the better option

  1. Mount the storage as NFS on the host and use the local option for the external folders
  2. Use SMB/CIFS
  3. Install WebDAV server on the NAS and connect via that

For each of the group shares, I will have one or two users who I only want to give read access and I’d rather not have to duplicate users across both the nextcloud and NAS to allow fine grained access control

Thanks in advance

Samba should be fine using external storage app. Might need to also install some packaging for samba support. Check the admin documentation.