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Xpenology install on ESXI - How to passthrough drives?

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I am planning to run xpenology on with the below hardware. I am a beginner with ESXI but want to virtualise the software so i can run various other VM's on the hardware.

 

Build: 

 

Case: Silverstone DS380

PSU: SIlverstone 450W SFF

Motherboard: Supermicro X10SDV-TLN4F - 8 core Xeon Processor

Ram:  1 X 32GB ECC

HDD: 4 x 6tb  WD Red's for the xpenology volume

1x 256 SSD for a datastore to run the VM's OS

1x sandisk cruzer to boot esxi on the host

 

How can i pass through the 4 x WD red into the xpenology VM? Will i need A sata controller for ESXI to be able to see the drives in the VM?

 

Thanks in advance, any help would be appreciated!

 

 

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You can either RDM passthrough your drives (where ESXi still has control of the chipset SATA controller) - see:

https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/1017530

 

Or, you can pass through the chipset SATA controller to the VM (the drives then go with it). You may have to add it to ESXi's device map.  Read:

https://forums.freenas.org/index.php?threads/configure-esxi-to-pass-through-the-x10sl7-f-motherboard-sata-controller.51843/

 

Also of note, with an 8-core processor, you will need to disable hyperthreading in your BIOS as DSM can only handle 8 CPU threads total.

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