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Pre-Installation Xpenology bare metal or VMWare ESXI

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I am looking to build a Xpenology but am hesitating on installing on bare metal or VMware ESXI 6.7 to replace my DS916+. I would like to use at all time as a NAS as a massively used file server where Moments will be running and casually use VMs (Win10, WinServer & Ubuntu). I know we can use VMs on Synology. That is why I am hesitating. My specs:

  • Intel Xeon E5-2630LV3 (8cores 16threads)
  • Fujitsu 32GB DDR4 ECC 2400mhz
  • Kllisre X99 LGA2011-3 motherboard from Aliexpress 
  • 2x WD Red 8TBs (Dedicated for the storage)
  • 2x WD Red 6TBs (Dedicated for the storage)
  • 2x Samsung NVME 256GB SSD PM981 (for the cache)
  • 1x Toshiba Sata 256gb SSD (for the VMware ESXI installation)
  • 1x 2.5 GBE Network interface
  • 1x 1GBE Network interface
  • 1x APC Back up UPS

My aim is to have the less problem as possible while the best stability, security, and performance as possible.



  • Have at least 18TB with, for example, SHR 
  • Have redundancy
  • SSD Cache (NVME maybe?)


PS: All my data will be backed up to my GSuite account with HyperBackup.


Many thanks for your precious advice!

Edited by Skalyx
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