Setup XPEnology DSM 6.1 on VMware Workstation 12

How to setup VMware Workstation 12

1) Download the ISO package from here:

2) Unzip the downloaded package

3) Start VMware Workstation

4) Go to your unpacked package and doubleclick the ds3615.ovf file.

Windows will ask you with what program you want to open the file. Choose VMWare Workstation. The following message will appear. Give it a name and click import.

You will receive an error. Click retry.

It will continue and will show your vm configured

5) Click on Upgrade this Virtual Machine.

And follow the red arrow.

6) Click on Edit virtual machine settings.

And Add a CD/DVD Drive.

Choose Use ISO Image.

Browse for the ISO and select synoboot.iso and click on Finish

7)  Go to the Options tab and select Linux as Guest Operating system with Version Other Linux 3.x Kernel 64-bit

After selecting the Guest OS Click on OK.

8) Power on the VM to check if it starts up.

We now know that the VM works so it’s time to configure the disks. So shut it down.

9)  Add a SCSI Disk, click on Edit virtual machine settings

Give the disk a name, like disk1. (i did not)

If you want to add more disks,  just do the same like above.

10) Power up the VM. Wait a minute and start the assistant on your computer or use

Choose your server in the list and go to the web installer. Install DSM with the download button. No need to manually install a pat file. Just install your box like you always do and always uncheck the synology stuff like improvement or quickconnect.

After the install create your volumes and have fun!  You can even update DSM to the latest update without problems..

11)  You now have a working XPEnology Box!! FUN!!

13 thoughts on “Setup XPEnology DSM 6.1 on VMware Workstation 12

  1. whiskeyjak

    I’m trying this out on an ESXi 6.5 machine but it doesn’t seem to be getting any IPs from my DHCP server. The other VMs I tried creating get leases just fine. Any ideas?

  2. Jame Book

    It works for me.
    1. Rename file synoboot.iso = synoboot.img
    2. Import OVF
    3. Unzip file archiver again and mount file file synoboot.iso
    i try clone synoboot.img and rename = synoboot.iso but its not working
    4. step by step

    good luck.

  3. ebobo


    Great post!
    It worked, but update from 6.1.3 to 6.1.4 failed. It boots to the first screen in your topic, but the synology assistant never finds mij XPenology. I think I have to start over…

  4. geoffroy

    I ve this error : ”

    Error while converting to a virtual machine: Failed to open disk: C:\Users\Bureau\Downloads\DS3615xs 6.1 Jun’s Mod V1.02-alpha ISO (1)\synoboot.vmdk. Reason: The system cannot find the file specified.”

  5. BSO

    To get around the error (file not found) above:
    After downloading the zipped file, un-zip and rename the contained .iso to .img.
    Then the tutorial will work as shown above.

  6. chris

    Just downloaded, always tells included “synoboot.vmdk” with 1KB size not readable for *.ovf import or using in existing machine config.
    When just using the “synoboot.iso” with provided vmx doesnt find boot system on it.

    Are files defect, or are there steps missing in this tutorial?

  7. Pasa

    – Can not import ovf file
    – You will receive an error. Click retry.
    – “Failed to open disk: c: \ xxxxx Reason: The system cannot find the file specifie ,,
    WMware Workstation 12 Pro 12.1.1 build-3770994

  8. toto

    Download link is broken.
    It’s possible to convert img to iso ?
    Because each new release have only img


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