Virtual Machine Manager Virtual Machine Manager opens up abundant possibilities. You can set up and run various virtual machines, including Windows, Linux, or Virtual DSM, on one Synology NAS. What's more, you can also test a new software version in a sandbox environment, isolate your customers' machines, or increase the flexibility of your server. Virtual Machine Manager
A complete virtualization platform Synology VMM lets you build a cost-effective and easily managed virtualization environment by combining computing, storage, and networking resources on a single hardware platform.
Various operating systems supported You can run multiple virtual machines on your Synology NAS with operating systems including Windows, Linux, and Virtual DSM.Learn more about supported operating systems
Virtual DSM Provides an equally intuitive experience as DiskStation Manager, offering a reliable storage solution with robust features. Rock-solid security Virtual DSM serves as a substitute for DSM, consolidating your Synology NAS with virtualization technology. There is no need to worry about being attacked since the physical host will always be intact. Robust DSM features Setting up a virtual environment does not mean you have to compromise. Almost all DSM features and management tools on your Synology NAS, such as Cloud Station, Mail Server, and other advanced storage features (storage quota, NFS, and iSCSI), are also available on Virtual DSM. Multi-tenant environment Create multiple isolated virtual machines for subsidiary business units or departments. Deploy applications for short-term usage with minimal hardware upgrades or maintenance required. Secure your digital assets Minimize service downtime with instant snapshots, remote replication, and Synology VMM High Availability.* Virtual machine protection plansRestore virtual machine snapshots or run them directly on Synology VMM to roll back human errors or recover from hardware failures.Integration with Active Backup for Business (ABB)Run failover copies of virtual machines, PCs, and servers created with Active Backup for Business. Learn more Flexible IT resource management You can allocate hardware resources such as computing power, storage space, or network interfaces among several virtual machines. Server clustering Cluster up to seven Synology servers and flexibly allocate resources among virtual machines to balance loads or respond to changing requirements. Live migration No time delay should be tolerated, especially when it comes to business. Virtual Machine Manager makes it possible to seamlessly migrate Virtual DSM instances from a Synology NAS to another. If that is not reassuring enough, you can also store your data on a third machine. Farewell to downtime that breaks your deals or interrupts your production procedure from now on. Sharing access Share graphic access to virtual machines with password-protected, limited-validity links that can easily be shared through email or chat.
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Achieve more with Synology VMM Pro Access advanced clustering features including Live Migration and High Availability on up to 7 connected Synology NAS.
Synology VMMSynology VMM Pro
Cluster Management
Snapshot Retention32255
Remote Replication*-
Remote Storage Migration*-
High Availability-
Live Migration-

* These features are only available on DSM 6.2 or above.

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Virtual Machine Manager Supported Operating Systems

Windows Family

Windows 10 21H2
Windows 11 21H2
Windows Server 2022

Linux Family

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.8
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.6
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9

CentOS 6.10
CentOS 7.9
CentOS 8.5

Fedora 35
Fedora 36

Debian 9
Debian 10
Debian 11

Oracle 8.6


  1. Listed operating systems are actively tested for compatibility. Other versions and operating systems may be used at your own discretion and may require additional testing.
  2. Please refer to the system requirements for each OS when setting up VMs.
  3. Changing the virtual disk controller type from IDE/VirtIO to SATA on Windows 10 will cause a blue screen error.
  4. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 may enter emergency mode under certain circumstances, refer to this article to learn more.
  5. Fedora 35 and 36 may have issues displaying the desktop with video card type: vmvga.
  6. Debian 9 may have issues displaying the desktop with video card type: cirrus.
  7. Debian 10 may have issues displaying the desktop with video card type: vga, vmvga.