Setting up a Synology NAS with VMware vSphere (Datastore setup using NFS)

The purpose of this blog post is to provide the guidance and the steps needed to setup a Datastore using NFS with a Synology NAS in VMware vSphere.

  • After you have successfully logged into your Synology NAS DSM, please select Control Panel, File Services, and then NFS (for DSM 7.0 and above). Next, enable the NFS Service and then select Apply to save the settings. By default, this service is turned OFF.
  • Next, you will need to allocate a Shared Folder within the Control Panel. For the purpose of this blog post, I created a new folder (TEST). Once created, the folder permissions need to be edited. Select the folder name and then Edit. On the following pop-up, please select NFS Permissions then Create. Please enter the ESXi Host IP in the Hostname or IP field and leave the remaining settings as default, following by Save. Select Permissions and ensure the admin account has Read\Write Access.
  • Log into your ESXi Host, select Storage, and then New Datastore.
New Datastore
  • Select Mount NFS Datastore, followed by Next.
Mount NFS Datastore
  • At the Provide NFS Mount Details window, please provide a Name, the NFS Server (IP address of the NAS), and NFS Share (see second screenshot for an example and it’s case sensitive), then select Next to proceed. Select Finish at the Ready to Complete window.
  • The new Datastore has been successfully mounted.
New Datastore

If I missed anything, please let me know. Also, please checkout similar blog posts on the Synology NAS series from Chris Childerhose and Ian Anderson. My Synology related blog posts can be found here.

If you’re interested in learning more about the DS920+, I would highly recommend contacting Synology using the Media Inquiry form.

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