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HOW TO: Add a Synology NAS providing NFS Storge to VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi 7.0

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)
EE Fellow, MVE, Expert of the Year 2021,2017-11, Scribe 2016-2012, Author of the Year 2018-6,2013-2012 VMware vExpert Pro, vExpert 2022-2011
In this video, I will show you how to HOW TO: Add a Synology NAS providing NFS Storge to VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi 7.0. I will show you the process of creating a storage pool followed by a btrfs volume, enabling NFS and Exporting the NFS volume and connecting to VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi 7.0, by creating a dedicated storage network using a VMkernel portgroup for NFS traffic.

I will show you how to troubleshoot and check using simple bash tools ping and vmkping, that NFS traffic can reach the NAS.

The syntax I'm using in this video to test network communications between VMkernel portgroups and NAS (NFS), and check for jumbo frames.

ping <IP address>

vmkping -I vmkX <IP address> -s 9000

where X is a number of your VMkernel portgroup

In this video, I make reference to the previous videos written articles

Part 5: HOW TO: Enable SSH Remote Access on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 7.0 (ESXi 7.0)

Part 24: HOW TO: Update VMware ESXi 7.0U2 to ESXi 7.0U2a direct from VMware.

Part 25: HOW TO: Update VMware ESXi 7.0U2 to ESXi 7.0U2a in 5 easy steps.

Hancock's Half Hour VMware vSphere video series

Part 5: HOW TO: Enable SSH Remote Access on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 7.0 (ESXi 7.0).

Part 16: HOW TO: Update VMware ESXi 7.0U2 to ESXi 7.0U2a direct from VMware.

Part 17: HOW TO: Update VMware ESXi 7.0U2 to ESXi 7.0U2a in 5 easy steps.

Part 18: HOW TO: Update VMware ESXi 7U1 (7.0.1) to VMware ESXi 7U2a (7.0.2) using an ISO image.

Part 19: HOW TO: Update VMware ESXi 7.0U1 to ESXi 7.0U2a using VMware vSphere Lifecycle Manager.(vLCM)

Synology NAS selector

Video Steps

1. Connect to Synology NAS.

Using a web browser, enter the fully qualified domain name of the Synology NAS.

2. Create storage pool and volume.

Select storage, create storage pool and add a volume

3. Enable NFS.

Select Control Panel, Network Services, Enable NFS

4. Create NFS Export

Select Control Panel, Shared folders, create a shared folder and add IP Address for NFS permissions.

5. Connect to Source vCenter Server 7.0.

Using a web browser, enter the fully qualified domain name of the vCenter Server 7.0 in the URL.

6. Privacy Notice.

If using the VMware self-signed certificate (the default), click Accept to proceed.

7. Launch vSphere Client (HTML5)

Click the Launch vSphere Client (HTML5) button.

8. Enter SSO credentials

Enter the Administrator@vsphere.local username and password.

9. Add NFS Storage

Select Host > Actions > Storage > New Datastore.

10. Select NFS

Select VFS 4.1 > Enter datastore name, mount path and NAS IP Address

11. Click Finish

The NFS export is added to the host
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