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XPEnology DS3612xs DSM 4.2 3211 for VMware Workstation 9


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Hello everybody,

I made a OVF version for VMware Workstation 9 based on the XPEnology DS3612xs DSM 4.2 build 3211++ (repack v1.2)

This is a complete clean setup. In the tutorial below I will describe the step by step procedure to get this working:


  • - Download the OVF file for VMware Workstation (
- In VMware Workstation go to the home tab
- Choose Open a Virtual Machine and select the OVF file
- Name your virtual machine name and import
- After the import select the VM and choose Edit virtual machine settings
- Select Hard Disk 2 (IDE) and on the right side go to Utilities and select Expand
- Change the disk size to the size you want and select Expand (you can’t change it anymore so choose wisely).
- Change the memory/cpu if you want
- Power on the virtual machine


  • - Find the machine with Synology Assistant (
- Right click on the discovered machine and say connect
- Login with admin and leave the password blank
- Go to Storage Manager
- The Volume Creation Wizard will pop up
- Choose the option Quick and then next
- !!!!Uncheck the 199MB disk!!!! and select next
- Click OK so the disk can be formatted and wait until it is finished


Good luck and fun with your Synology



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Tried it on VMware workstation 9


Setup i3-2100T, 8Gb ram, win7 64 bit, SSD + 1Tb WD black. (runs 30W idle...., unbelivable)


Slow when i tried to use the whole 1Tb disk in VMware, 6MByte/s


Very fast when I formatted the 1Tb disk NTFS in windows and then in VMware created a virtual disk with reserved space on it.

Over 1Gb network Write 100-110Mbyte, read 50-60Mbyte/s, very good 40/40Mbyte/s read/write multitasking.


Will use this as a backup setup for my real synology box.


Thank you for this release an keep up the good work.


PS. Tip to Synology, please make the software available for standalone virtual use, I would be glad to pay for it.

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