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How to set up Synology NAS as VMware server datastore

Overview

A datastore is an independent storage space for centralizing virtual machine's physical data. By using Synology NAS as the VMware datastore, you can consolidate and share storage space to maximize storage utilization and simplify management with better flexibility.

This article will guide you through the process of using your Synology NAS as the datastore in your VMware environment.

Contents

  1. Before you start
  2. Mount iSCSI Targets on VMware ESXi
  3. Set up iSCSI LUN as VMware datastore

1. Before you start

Before you start to share data within the Internet, make sure you have completed the following tasks:

  • Set up Synology NAS
  • Installed Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM, web-based operating system of Synology NAS)
  • Created iSCSI LUN and Target (refer to here)
  • Installed VMware vSphere Client on your PC
  • Set up a VMware ESXi host

Refer to Quick Installation Guide for more information about hardware and software installation. You can also see Synology NAS User's Guide (available at Synology's Download Center) for a general idea about related topics.

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2. Mount iSCSI Targets on VMware ESXi

In this section, we will teach you how to mount iSCSI Targets on your Synology NAS to the VMware ESXi Hypervisor.

  1. Log into your VMware ESXi via vSphere Client.
  2. To mount iSCSI Targets, go to the Configuration tab > Storage Adapters. Select the iSCSI software adapter and click Properties.
  3. Enable the iSCSI initiator.
  4. Once the iSCSI initiator has been enabled, go to the Dynamic Discovery tab.
  5. Under the Dynamic Discovery tab, click Add, and then enter the primary IP address of your Synology NAS.
  6. Rescan the host bus adapter.
  7. The iSCSI initiator has detected the Targets on Synology NAS.

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3. Set up iSCSI LUN as VMware datastore

In this section, we will teach you how to set up iSCSI LUN as a VMware datastore.

  1. Log into your VMware ESXi via vSphere Client.
  2. Under the Configuration tab, click Storage > Add Storage.
  3. Select Disk/LUN, and click Next to continue.
  4. Select the iSCSI Target, and click Next.
  5. Check the current disk layout and click Next.
  6. Enter a datastore name for this new storage.
  7. Select a block size for this new storage to use .
  8. Click Finish to confirm the settings.
  9. The new datastore has been added and is ready to use.

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