Install DSM 6.1-15047 in VirtualBox

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1) Install the latest virtualbox.

2) Download the bootloader v1.02a (alpha version for DSM 6.1-15047):

3) Unzip the package. We need 2 files: synoboot.img and synoboot.vmdk

4) Open virtualbox and Create a Virtualbox VM:

    Click on on Expert Mode

Fill in the details:
Name: Xpenology
Type: Linux
Version: Other Linux (64-bit)
Memory size: Give it desired Memory size

Do not add an hard disk yet and click on create.

5) Select the VM

and click on Settings

Go to tab Storage and delete all the controllers.

Create an IDE Storage Controller:

Mount the file synoboot.vmdk

Add an SCSI controller:

Create a new hard disk for your data storage.

Click Create new disk.

Choose a Disk type.

Set it to a fixed size.

Check name and size of the disk and click on Create.

6) Now setup the network: Go to tab Network.

Attached to: NAT or whatever you like.
Adapter type: Intel PRO/1000 MT Desktop (8254OEM)

Click on Advance:

MAC address:  0011322CA785 (important!)

7) Start the VM, press F12 to enable the boot menu

8) Boot from IDE hard disk 1

9) In the grub menu, select the last option (VMware option)

10) Wait a couple of minutes, depends on your Hardware spec. The bootloader will only show
a small message.

11) Install synology assistant. Press Search button

12) You should see your new DiskStation now.

13) Verify the MAC address shown in the Synology Assistant. Make sure it’s the same as defined in the tutorial.

14) FUN!

17 thoughts on “Install DSM 6.1-15047 in VirtualBox

  1. Skorpionbird

    Hello I need help
    The synology assistent find the vm xpenlology with the right MAC adress. but when i start the installation i recive the error code 38. i have the same issue when i try to install xpenlology on a normal desktop. there i try the non vm version of xpenology.

  2. Vayrus

    Help, not worked, disk formatting error.
    My System: Notebook With Windows 7 x64, Wi-Fi Connection To Internet.

  3. paulo

    Hello, I tryed this twice and it looks great but after initial install, it rebbots and never appears again.
    1-I made all the steps indiated
    2- a see the synology in the IP
    3- it says it will install latest software
    4- a 10 minutes reboot countdown starts, and then never apears again.
    please help
    many thanks

  4. Seb

    Thx for the Tutorial. How many CPUs can i give this vm? Are there any restricions in updates or installable packeges?

  5. Sergio

    God bless you, all working fine, ty. (For those who are waiting “booting”, there’s nothing to wait, the system is in your network, go find.synology and fun).

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  7. sadsoft

    Guys, you don’t have to do anything after the “booting the kernel” message.
    Open Synology Assistant on other computer and search for the NAS and do the instalation.


    1. Next Wave

      You must choose in network settings bridged network.
      The virtual machine will be the same lan with your machine(s),
      and router. The virtual machine not stopping, running in hide
      mode . After 3-5 min. synology assistant will find it in your lan.
      You need configure it in your browser, where assistant found it,
      for example:

  8. Tim

    I get stuck at booting and couldnt find the dsm with the assistent. What to do with synoboot.img ? Couldnt find anything in the guide for that?


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