Setup DSM 7.0.1 in a Virtual Synology DS918+ using VMWare

Here is a step by step "How-To create a Virtual Machine to emulate a DS918+ running DSM 7.0.1" using VMWare and a Loader from redpill

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As for my previous packaging (DSM 6.2.2 on DS918+), I simply used various tutorials from internet to create a VM in VMWare 15 and exported this one as ovf.

1: Download and unzip this package, containing:

  • the configuration of the virtual machine (dsm.ovf, disk.vmdk and synoboot.vmdk),
  • the boot file for DS918+ (synoboot-falt.vmdk) and
  • the image of the DSM 7.0.1 for DS198+ (DSM_DS918+_42218.pat)

2: Open VMWare Workstation. If you never configured the default location where you want to create your Virtual Machines, press CTRL-P to open the “Preferences” panel. There, set this default location (I am using E:\VMWare).

3: Go next to "Windows Explorer", in the folder where you have unzipped the package, and double click dsm.ovf. This is going to import the VM into VMWare. Type a name for the new virtual machine (I am using DSM918+ 7.0.1) and click “Import”.

4: Here is the outcome to the importation. You can now click on “Power on this virtual machine”. If you want, you may also first increase the Memory, the Processors or the size of the Hard Disk 2 (Do not touch the Hard Disk 1 which contains the boot loader).

5: 5 sec after starting the VM, the bootloader will run:

6: Open the “Synology Assistant”, which is more efficient than the page to find your VM, and after 1 minute click on “Search”. If you didn’t wait long enough, you will see an Error message (In such a case, check that you have enabled the option "Allow compatibility with devices that do not support password encryption" in the preferences - via the gear icon in the top-right corner - and/or click Search “Again”. I never had to do this more than 3 times).

7: Finally, the Assistant will find your VM. A webpage should automatically open (Otherwise, double-click on the VM). Approve the EULA and click Install.

8: Click next on Browse to select the image of the DSM 7.0.1 for DS918+ and Select the file “DSM_DS918+_42218.pat” in the folder where you unzipped the package downloaded here previously.

9: Finally, click on “Next” and confirm that the installation can override the disk… it’s the virtual SCSI Hard Disk member of the VM. No worry ;)

10: The installation will take a few minutes

11: Once the installation complete, you will see in the VMWare Workstation that the VM is rebooting. On the installation page, you see a countdown.

12: You should soon see that it’s installing packages before being finally ready to "start"

13: You will now be able to login into the VM and configure it.

14: It’s now time to use the Hard Disk 2 to create a first Volume. Open the DSM Main Menu and start the Storage Manager.

15: Et voila, you have now a brand new DS918+ with the DSM 7.0.1-43 Update 2.


13 thoughts on “Setup DSM 7.0.1 in a Virtual Synology DS918+ using VMWare

  1. Hi,
    I've tried to install XPE on Virtualbox on a Mac but I keep getting errors.
    Could you please consider exporting a complete ova file which I then can import in VMM (Virtual Machine Manager) on a real Synology.
    Check this video for more info.
    I have already manage to import DSM 6.2 into VMM. But I would love to try XPE DSM 7.0


      • I was using 00:0C:29:18:2F:B5 but it was a random one. I did generate another MAC address right now for testing purpose and it's still runing fine... And no idea why yours is in recovery mode. I never experienced such an issue...

        • Thanks Valery,

          I stuck in the step 11, and I found that the VM only boot once... how about your case? Or do you have any setting that can share with?

  2. Here is my host config:
    vmware workstation 16.2
    cpu: AMD Ryzen 9 5900hx

    I followed every step and it gets stuck at rebooting; run again, it tells me that hard disk is migrated and needs recovery but it gets stuck again at rebooting.

    • I tried with VMWare Pro 16.2.3 build-19376536 and indeed, it appears in "Recoverable" state within Synology Assistant and it loops when trying to recover... Really wierd.
      I will investigate...

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